Has any other career field seen as much change as web development — especially the kind of open-source front-end web development the cool kids are doing?
Many of the in-demand tools, such as Angular, didn’t even exist a few years ago. (And it’s still changing — in the time it took to type that sentence, Angular was made obsolete by Angular 2.)
So what does this mean for front-end web developers like me?
It means an absolute ****-ton of new stuff to learn.
. . . . However, since then I have worked for two years in a LAMP shop and then another two in an enterprise .NET shop. I’ve coded and deployed a native Android app, and have configured my own Linux VPSs from scratch. My interests lately have been in exploring full-stack web development using Mongo, Angular 2 (and React), Express, and Node – the so-called “MEAN” and “MERN” stacks. . . .
. . . . So am I still a “front-end” web developer? My web certificate was in “web design”, but am I really a “designer” anymore?
Thankfully, he does give some solid steps for prioritizing a learning path and saving some sanity (apologies for the potty mouth).
There comes a point, too, where one has to not worry about titles and labels. . . . (Years ago, I tried to explain/sell myself as someone with the “T-shaped” skill set mentioned in the video, and no recruiter or hiring manager had any idea what I was talking about.)
. . . .But, rather, just get to the business of building elegant, useful digital things that live on the Internet. . . .