This is a little updated cross-post from a quickie article I wrote on DEV. I’m publishing here ‘cuz I’m all IndieWeb like that.
I love this post by Simon Holdorf. He’s got some ideas for how to level up your skills as a front-end developer next year. Here they are:
- Build a movie search app using React
- Build a chat app with Vue
- Build a weather app with Angular
- Build a to-do app with Svelte
… and 5 more like that.
I like thinking of being a front-end developer as being someone who is a browser person. You deal with people who use some kind of client to use the web on some kind of device. That’s the job.
In that vein, here’s some more ideas.
- Go find a Dribbble shot that appeals to you. Re-build it in HTML and CSS in the cleanest and most accessible way you can.
- Find a component you can abstract in your codebase, and abstract it so you can re-use it efficiently. Consider accessibility as you do it. Could you make it more accessible in a way that benefits the entire site? How about your SVG icon component — how’s that looking these days?
- Install the Axe accessibility plugin for DevTools and run it on an important site you control. Make changes to improve the accessibility as it suggests.
- Spin up a copy of Fractal. Check out how it can help you think about building front-ends as components, even at the HTML and CSS level.
- Read a bit about Serverless and how it can extend your front-end developer skillset.
- Figure out how to implement an SVG icon system. So many sites these days need an icon set. Inlining SVG is a great simple solution, but how you can abstract that to easily implement it with your workflow? How can it work with the framework you use?
- Try to implement a service worker. Read a book about them. Do something very small. Check out a framework centered around them.
- Let’s say you needed to put up a website where the entire thing was the name and address of the company, and a list of hours it is open. What’s the absolute minimum amount of work and technical debt you could incur to do it?
Love this post…Great ideas…
Yes the JS Frameworks are fantastic and make working with the DOM and building web apps so much easier but they are not the only thing to know (as you say…)…
The best way to learn is to build stuff…
Does anyone have any great courses that explain how to build a social media style website with react js
After inktober and NaNoWriMo, these 10 challenges could be part of Web Dev December.
I think you are on to something here. Nothing like having some project ideas to use new technologies with.
I think we should be careful with rebuilding dribble shots or other designers work. I worked hard rebuilding a design I loved but the designer did not allow me to show it off on my profile. I could have not told him about it but it didn’t feel right
This article was extremely helpful and beneficial. I’m a Front End Developer who is looking for a permeant gig right now as a developer. Your articles in DEV community are extremely informative and provide excellent resources for coding. Congrats for having a successful app for helping developers.
This is nice sometimes I run out of thoughts but when I read some good article, I feel more courage and like to try them out. Off to my code and getting busy. thanks
Thanks Chris, my goals for the upcoming year!
Great ideas for the new year! I will definitely try them out.
Thanks Chris, it’s like you read my mind! I was just looking to start a component library and then ran into this article about Fractal and component libraries, testing that out right now!
That’s some of the awesome ideas guys.
Thanks for this great article. I am looking to rebuilding my website with React and I am looking for design inspiration. For the few months, I have been building stuffs and it increased when I join the company where I do internship.
Thanks for the inspiration.
Yes that’s cool but also consider about web API’s. A great speech on some of ’em by @zenorocha is available on YouTube.