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What Is a Front-End Developer?

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If you've ever admired how well a website functions or feels, you were probably admiring the work of a front-end developer. Front-end developers are information technology professionals who aim to build and maintain user-friendly webpages.

What Front-End Developers Do

Front-end developers focus on front-end characteristics that affect website users' experiences, such as page structure, page style, usability and overall website performance. Front-end developers add components such as animation and shopping carts to websites, and they program websites to function with different browsers and on different devices. Ultimately, the front-end developer's job is to ensure a website is visually appealing and functions as intended.

What's Required for a Job Well Done

Front-end developers need a strong understanding of current Internet trends and technology. They need design, programming and coding skills, as well as knowledge of web development languages, such as HTML and Javascript. Since front-end developers are usually working to build or tweak websites for clients or employers that have less technical expertise, good customer service and communication skills are also required.

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Felicia Dye graduated from Anne Arundel Community College with an associate's degree in paralegal studies. She began her writing career specializing in legal writing, providing content to companies including Internet Brands and private law firms. She contributes articles to Trace 775.com.

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