A front-end developer is a specific kind of computer programmer. It’s their job to code and create the visual or “front-end” elements of a software program, app, or website. They craft all the features users can view and interact with. Everything you see, use, or click, on a website, app, or software program as a visitor, is the work of a front-end developer.
Taking this into consideration, a front-end developer needs to have both a creative flair as well as a tech-savviness that allows them to create incredible user-experiences. The work of the front-end developer massively affects the efficiency, speed, and functionality of the website, app, or software program.
These are some of the more specific tasks front-end developers complete:
- Ensuring that the web design is error-free and reflects the client’s design specifications
- Ensuring that the website looks exactly the same across different web browsers
- Prioritizing user-experience by creating tools and features to increase engagement and interaction with web visitors
- Working on the generation and preservation of websites and web apps
- Creating mobile-friendly sites
- Managing software workflows
- Researching and implementing SEO best practices
Once the front-end developer has completed their work, the back-end developer can then connect the necessary databases, company processes, and whatever else the client needs to round off the project.