Written by Cody Lindley updated
An examination on how one becomes a front-end developer.
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The individual who is self-directing their education for the purpose of becoming a professional front-end developer should ease themselves into learning the field of front-end development. First, start small and take in what can be found on the internet for free. For example, start by consuming the materials at MDN "Learn web development", freecodecamp.org, or Khan Academy.
With a peek into the world of front-end development completed, one should next invest roughly $30.00 dollars a month into some non-accredited, on-demand, online video courses, and interactive lessons. For example, follow a recommended learning path from Frontend Masters, lynda.com, or Pluralsight, and try your hand at codecademy.com.
After cutting your teeth on the learning materials just mentioned, and you are determined to continue on, use this Frontend Masters Roadmap & Guides to direct your education on front-end development.
If the self-directed route is too overwhelming, the following more traditional training/educational routes can be taken:
Today, both of these options offer online and in-person programs.
Aspiring front-end developers and current professionals can benefit from joining a group of front-end developers either online or in person.
Find local front-end development communities by searching www.meetup.com in your area.
When first starting out working towards a combination of the following resume building components:
Use the following resources to prepare for interviews.
The narrowed list below is currently the most relevant resources for finding a specific front-end position/career.
Additionally, if you are participating on Twitter, LinkedIn, Angel.co, front-end communities, and local meetups, you can also notify everyone that you are looking for a job. If one has a strong enough resume, consider having Hired, Vettery, or Woo.io broker a connection to employers.
If getting your first job as a full-time employee for a company is proving difficult, don't discount the following options for the purposes of gaining experience: