There are multiple solutions for every problem in web development. Do you develop your own solution or do you try to implement someone else’s? Or should you do a bit of both?
In fact, the field of front-end web development is rife with frameworks, or code toolsets that solve commonly faced problems.
Frameworks make your life easier by simplifying complex problems so you can focus on finishing your project. Simply import a framework and take advantage of your new tools! Let’s take a look at similarities and differences between front-end developers who primarily build with frameworks and those who build frameworks.
Building within Frameworks
As the web is such a large, complicated and competitive space, there are literally hundreds of different tools and technologies you can use to build websites.
How do you manage the ever changing landscape of front-end web development tools? Try them out yourself! Follow sites like Hacker News and Tales from the Front-End to stay on top of the latest developments and give them a try! Read documentation, write code and, most importantly, learn, learn, learn.
Contributing to Frameworks
While there are tons of solutions available for you to build almost any kind of website you can think of, sometimes you need to build something that doesn’t exist yet. And for that, you’ll need to create a library of code yourself.
Many front-end developers contribute to open source libraries in order to support the entire community of developers. For instance, developers at Google build AngularJS and Polymer, both of which are freely available to all Front-End developers. Many developers support the front-end community by contributing to open source libraries as well. jQuery, one of the most popular front-end scripting tools, was created by former Mozilla engineer John Resig as an open source project.
Best practices for Front-End Developers
Whatever Front-End route you choose, the most effective way to boost your career is to keep up-to-date with new technologies. Experiment! Try any and all front-end technologies! Read documentation, build experiments, learn what works best for your projects and stay ahead in the rapidly evolving landscape of front-end web development!