What is a front end web developer?

Web development covers a very diverse range of areas and requires various skills which change over time as methods and technologies evolve.

So... What does front end web development mean?

A front end web developer specialises in the visual layouts for websites, writing the code which will make the responsive pages work in web browsers, producing web graphics for images and logos, and ensuring that all pages display correctly on all screen sizes, including mobile phones.

The key aspects of front-end web development include:

HTML
HTML provides the basic structure and content of a web page. HTML is used to define the various elements on a page, such as headings, paragraphs, images, links, etc.

CSS
CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheets which is used to style the HTML elements and control their layout, appearance, and presentation. It allows developers to define colors, fonts, spacing, and other visual aspects of the website.

JavaScript
JavaScript is a programming language that adds interactivity and dynamic behavior to web pages. It is used to create features such as image sliders, form validations, and interactive elements that respond to user actions.

Responsive Web Design
Front-end developers need to ensure that websites are accessible and usable across various types of devices and screen sizes. This involves using responsive design techniques (mainly involving CSS and HTML) to adapt the layout and design based on the device being used, such as desktops, tablets, and mobile phones.

Front-end Frameworks and Libraries
Developers often use pre-built frameworks and libraries to streamline the development process. Examples include Bootstrap, React, Angular, and Vue.js.

Browser Developer Tools
Front-end developers use browser developer tools to debug, test, and optimize their code. These tools allow them to inspect and manipulate the HTML, CSS, and JavaScript in real-time.


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