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?