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“The title ‘Front-End Developer’ is obsolete.”

That title is from the opening tweet of a thread from Benjamin De Cock. I wouldn’t go that far, myself. What I like about the term is that ‘Front-End’ literally means the browser, and while the job has been changing quite a lot — and is perhaps fracturing before our eyes — the fact that the job is about doing browser work is still true. We’re browser people. This was a point I tried to make in my … Read article ““The title ‘Front-End Developer’ is obsolete.””

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#169: How to Think Like a Front-End Developer

This is a video from my talk at WordCamp US.

Let’s take a peek at what front-end development has become these days. Starting from what the role is, where we sit, and the expectations of us. Then we’ll get into the problems we face, how to approach them, and the tools we have at our disposal. We’ll look at how Gutenberg might fit into our lives as front-end developers.

It’s my first time giving this talk, and I will be … Read article “#169: How to Think Like a Front-End Developer”

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Designing for the web ought to mean making HTML and CSS

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What makes someone a good front-end developer?

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Solving Life’s Problems with CSS

Or: When all you have is a CSS hammer, the world looks like a CSS nail.

Whenever I hear a perfectly nice comment like, “Yeah, representing the tech field!” in response to my pure-CSS art, I get a sharp feeling of panic.

Like many people who work on UIs for a living, I have difficulty applying the “tech” term to myself without feeling like a fraud. Impostor syndrome is a hard thing to shake. A front-end specialist? Oh, you … Read article “Solving Life’s Problems with CSS”

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The spectrum of design roles in 2018

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Tales of a Non-Unicorn: A Story About the Roller Coaster of Job Searching

Hey there! It’s Lara, author of the infamous“Tales of a Non-Unicorn: A Story About the Trouble with Job Titles and Descriptions” from a couple years back. If you haven’t read that original article, I recommend skimming it to give you some context for this one, but I think you’ll still find value here even if you don’t.

A lot has happened since I wrote that article in 2015, and this follow-up has been in the works for a good … Read article “Tales of a Non-Unicorn: A Story About the Roller Coaster of Job Searching”

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Getting Nowhere on Job Titles

Last week on ShopTalk, Dave and I spoke with Mandy Michael and Lara Schenck. Mandy had just written the intentionally provocative “Is there any value in people who cannot write JavaScript?” which guided our conversation. Lara is deeply interested in this subject as well, as someone who is a job seeking web worker, but places herself on the spectrum as a non-unicorn. … Read article “Getting Nowhere on Job Titles”

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“lives in a sort of purgatory”