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How do I become a Front-End developer in 6 months?


by @adsieg01 | 4yr  | 17 comments

Iโ€™m an aspiring DN and my best chances for getting a job are to continue developing my Front-End skills until I can get a steady stream of income. Iโ€™ve never been hired for this kind of work. Before it was just a hobby but now Iโ€™m quite seriousโ€ฆany suggestions to go from 0 to employed in 6 months? Also I live in China.

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@lefnire | 4yr

I taught my wife in 3! Iโ€™ve seen 1 pulled off; but that requires 40h/wk of studying. See my post on shortcut learning front-end dev. Big fan of Codecademy / Code School.

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@chrisrdodd | 4yr

Hi Adsieg01

I, like you, decided to become a web developer in order to achieve my goal of being a digital nomad.

This is a video I made on how I landed my first job as a developer in less than 2 months and saved up enough to get started travelling.

I also have an interview with my friend, @dgwolf, who took a similar path to me towards location independence.

I hope these resources help you. Feel free to ask me anymore questions.

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@adsieg01 | 4yr

Thatโ€™s good to hear! Iโ€™ve been doing Tree house furiously for the past week and Iโ€™m a good deal through the Front End Development course and Iโ€™ll start on Full Stack JavaScript Next. Now just to get some legit experienceโ€ฆ

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@wanderingdev | 4yr

you can get legit experience by working on your personal projects. also, there are a shit ton of people out there with ideas but not skills to build them so if itโ€™s something youโ€™re interested in, you could work on those as well.

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@adsieg01 | 4yr

Could you suggest any โ€œkindโ€ of projects that look particularly good on a resume/interview? Thereโ€™s a new bar in my neighborhood that could probably use a new website โ€ฆ

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@wanderingdev | 4yr

Anything. Go talk to the owner, see what they have to say.

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@ride | 4yr

Iโ€™d also recommend Treehouse. In fact, this is how Treehouse CEO and founder Ryan Carson advertises the platform: learn an hour a day, be job-ready in 6 months: Learn with Treehouse in an Hour a Day

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@peachananr | 4yr

Hereโ€™s what I did when I want to learn a new programming language:

  1. Come up with a personal project that can be used to motivate you to learn, say to create your own portfolio website from scratch.
  2. Find a tutorial (Google is your friend) that will produce the end result similar or as close to what you have in mind for your project
  3. Follow the tutorial without reading any extra material. You will only be exposed to a silo of information you need right at that moment. That way, you donโ€™t get overwhelmed by the all the distracting shiny things.
  4. Once you complete the tutorial, you will now have a foundation for your personal project. Re-evaluate the project and come up with things you want to add to that foundation, say to add an animation to a headline or something that the tutorial didnโ€™t teach you.
  5. Search google for that feature specifically and follow whatever the tutorial you can find and try to integrate it to what you have. This way, you are only expose to things that really matter at that moment.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you have a complete website.

I used this technique to learn Ruby on Rails. It took me 2 weeks to follow this tutorial, got a running Twitter-like web app, extended the hell out of it to create BucketListly.com. This technique can easily be adapted to anything IMO. The key is to try to find a personal project you are passionate about so that you can stick to it no matter how daunting the process becomes.

I hope this helps! :slight_smile:

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@fredrivett | 4yr

Wow, thatโ€™s pretty impressive Pete. Love seeing little side projects used for learning grow into something like that :clap:

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@peachananr | 4yr

Thank you. :slight_smile: Side projects are my life blood and are what is driving my professional career.

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@fredrivett | 4yr

Totally Pete. Spent the last 18 months on side projects so I know what youโ€™re saying :slight_smile:

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@adsieg01 | 4yr

Treehouse has a new product called the โ€œTechdegreeโ€ has anybody heard about the quality of this? There regular courses are pretty good for me but this one has a price tag of $399US/Month. I am very goal oriented person and I would love to have some structure to my learning by people who are much more experienced than I am.

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@fredrivett | 4yr

Hey AD.

So Iโ€™m a front end developer and have just passed the year mark on my first job in the industry. My first point to make is, it depends what you mean when you say โ€˜front end developerโ€™.

Depending on the job, that can mean heavy Javascript development (basically the back end on the front end) or it can be more of a UI developer role.

Iโ€™m much more the latter, where my task is to take the rough designs from the designer and transform them into responsive robust user interfaces. My main challenges are asking โ€˜whyโ€™ each thing is like it is, and trying to build a system thatโ€™s concise and robust, rather than hacking styles on styles on styles.

Other โ€˜front end developerโ€™ roles are much more of a โ€˜front end engineerโ€™ role, which is often where React/Angular etc. come in. I donโ€™t do any of these.

I donโ€™t know if Iโ€™m an anomaly, but certainly in my role the company I work for are very happy with my heavy focus on UI development, where I predominantly work in HTML (HAML) & CSS (Sass). Iโ€™d say about 10-15% of my time is Javascript, but even then itโ€™s normally pretty basic stuff.

What Iโ€™m trying to say is, make sure you think about what interests you more, UI development (creating a great system of interfaces) or front end engineering (under the hood work).

Secondly, follow your passion as much as you can. If you genuinely enjoy what you do youโ€™ll learn quickly.

I learnt the key skills for my job a month or two before the interview. Admittedly Iโ€™d been fiddling with HTML/CSS for about 7 years before in my spare time, on and off, but I think I could have condensed down all that learning into 3-6 months.

If youโ€™re interested in the more UI developer role, then Iโ€™d really recommend checking out Harry Roberts ITCSS, which for me is fundamental to structuring a stylesheet and understanding how to apply styles in a re-usable manner.

Understand The Specificity Graph.
Seriously consider using BEM to make understanding how each part of your code is related to the code around it.
Look at how to combine ITCSS and BEM with BEMIT.
And hereโ€™s Harry Roberts advice to budding front end developers, might be worth a read.

Thatโ€™s just a start, honestly if youโ€™ve any more questions feel free to reach out to me on Twitter, Iโ€™m @fredrivett.

Hope that helps.

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@dirtandrust | 4yr

This is a fantastic answer and I couldnโ€™t agree more. I too am a Front End Developer and I too consider a Front End Engineer someone whoโ€™s much more JavaScript-focused. But, make sure you know how to use jQuery well, and can show and hide elements in a way that uses DRY principles (knowing what $(this) selects is going to help you heaps!).

You need to focus on learning both SASS and LESS because the fundamentals of each are the same, SASS uses $ signs and LESS uses @ signs and has fewer Mixin options; but they both help you write code faster.

I think whatโ€™s just as hard to pick your way through at first are all the tools out there. Hereโ€™s what I use:

  • Sublime Text 2 (v.3 is available I never upgraded)
  • SketchApp for wireframes and hi fi mockups and especially for exporting web-ready graphics
  • ImageAlpha for png optimisation
  • ImageOtim for jpg optimisation
  • Your Browser, start using Firebug and its โ€œConsoleโ€ to debug javascript
  • Learn a bit about Foundation and Bootstrap (the big two) and how they compare to a simpler version like Skeleton, and then make sure you built a version that works for you. Depending on any one framework makes your code bloated; understand what you use and why you use it for smaller sites with less bloat.
  • I dev locally still with HTML5 Boilerplate because itโ€™s a really quick way to spin up site code with css resets and jQuery and you donโ€™t have to build those things every time html5boilerplate.com
  • Strange as it sounds, being organised like a Project Manager adds to my desireability as a Front End Developer (bosses donโ€™t have to manage me nearly as much)

Basically, to get to full Front-End Developer in 6 months, build sites on your own that compare to the code on sites you love and know are really well developed.

Iโ€™m @dirtandrust on Twitter. :slight_smile:

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@nmai | 4yr

Hey Fred, youโ€™re not alone. Personally I belong to the JS-heavy class of frontend devs, but one of the other guys here on frontend is UI-heavy like you. The vast majority of his job is writing SCSS, when heโ€™s not heโ€™s usually trying to improve the build system to help him speed up development in that area.

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@travelmore | 4yr

If you are serious, pay to do a course like General Assembly.

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@mikerogers0 | 4yr

There is not easy, but here is how I got started (In this order):

  • Study like crazy. Join TeamTreeHouse or similar & treat it like a job.
    I can grantee there are gaps in your knowledge, go find them and fill them. It could be handy to look at what jobs are looking for, then learning that.
  • Build a portfolio of work. It can be anything from small one pages showing off what you can do, to contributions to open source projects. Just get your work out there & display it in an accessible way.
    If possible, put all the code up on GitHub so itโ€™s easy to share.
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I'm thinking to head over to France during the winter and I'm looking for recommendations on a good French town that has beach and is warm enough during the winter.

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Hi guys ! hope you are doing well.

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Driving from Italy to Croatia..how to handle passport?


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Hello, we are US citizens that have been able to stay in Italy past our standard visa stay due to covid. Now we must leave. We want to drive to Croatia as our โ€œout of EUโ€ stay. But Iโ€™m now wondering what considerations I need to take care of for my visa. I wonโ€™t go through an airport and get my passport stamped. But I assume I need to get my passport stamped as a way to prove Iโ€™m out of the EU.

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Introduce yourself โ€” who are you, where are you and what do you do?

 

by @coffeeshopceo | 13d 13 days ago | 672 comments

tl;dr: introduce yourself in this thread.

We must all get sick of the same backpacker travel questions when we meet new friends, I know I do.

You know the ones - where are you from, whereโ€™ve you been, where are you going, what do you do, how long have you been doing it - etc.

The novelty of answering these questions wears off after maybe a week, but theyโ€™re nonetheless insightful and no matter how much we hate them, we find ourselves asking others.

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No need to answer them all if you donโ€™t want to :smile:
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Best/quickest way from Italy to Croatia?


in Croatia by @ld | 15d 15 days ago | 3 comments

Hello,

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So we must leave the Schengen zone. We should avoid USA. We should avoid long air travel.

We were thinking Croatia.

Do you recommend a route to Croatia? We are open to long train rides. Ideally not long ferry rides. Is there a ferry route under 4 hours? I read about it...I don't see it. If not, the other option is to make our way north and up over to Croatia via train.

I'd appreciate your thoughts and insights!

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Hey everyone,

Looking for blogs by individuals who document their progress/business in South East Asia - ideally Vietnam, Cambodia or Laos - but also Thailand/Myanmar too.

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Bali to focus on attracting remote workers when the island reopens for tourism


by @levelsio | 2mo 1 month ago | 0 comments

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thebalisun.com/bali-tourism-will-target-digital-nomads-and-those-who-work-online/

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