How To: Teach Yourself Font End Development (Part 1)

Or, How To Take Control Of Your Future

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Front-end development, also known as client-side development, refers to the practice of building and maintaining the visual and interactive elements of a website or application that users interact with directly. This includes everything from the layout and design to the functionality and user experience and representing the data from an API.

Having strong front-end development skills is crucial for any developer, as it allows them to create visually appealing and user-friendly websites and applications. In today’s digital age, most businesses and organizations have a strong online presence, and front-end developers play a vital role in shaping how these websites and applications look and function.

As front-end development has evolved, accessibility has become more and more important. This greatly affects the User Interface and User Experience of a website giving all users an equally great experience.

There are so many benefits to teaching yourself front-end development. First, it allows you to learn at your own pace and on your own schedule. Second, You can also tailor your learning to your specific interests and goals, rather than being confined to a set curriculum. Third, self-study can be a cost-effective option compared to traditional education or training programs.


  • Basic computer skills
  • The desire to challenge yourself with something new
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Before diving into front-end development, it’s important to have a solid foundation in basic computer skills. This includes being comfortable with using a text editor, navigating the command line, and using version control systems like Git.

It’s also helpful to have a basic understanding of HTML and CSS, as these are the foundation of front-end development. HTML (HyperText Markup Language) is used to structure the content of a webpage, while CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) is used to style and design the webpage.

A basic understanding of JavaScript is also recommended, as it is an essential programming language used in front-end development. JavaScript allows developers to add interactivity and dynamic functionality to websites and applications.

Resources for learning

  • Online tutorials and courses (Great Video Channel)
  • Books and ebooks
  • Community forums and online groups
  • Practice projects

There are many excellent resources available for teaching yourself front-end development. Online tutorials and courses are a great way to get started, as they provide step-by-step instruction and often include interactive exercises and quizzes to test your understanding. Some popular platforms for online learning include Codecademy, Udemy, and Coursera.

Books and ebooks can also be valuable resources for learning front-end development. These provide in-depth explanations and examples and can be a great reference tool as you continue to learn and practice.

Another great way to learn front-end development is by joining a community forum or online group. These can be great places to ask for help, get feedback on your work, and connect with like-minded individuals.

Finally, practice is key to improving your skills and mastering front-end development. Consider working on small practice projects or contributing to open-source projects to get real-world experience and build your portfolio.

Set Goals

Setting clear and achievable goals is an important step in teaching yourself front-end development. Determine your learning objectives by considering what you hope to achieve through your self-study. Do you want to learn enough front-end development to build your own website or web application? Do you want to improve your skills in a specific area, such as responsive design or JavaScript? Knowing your goals will help you focus your learning and stay motivated.

Once you have determined your learning objectives, it’s time to create a plan to achieve your goals. Consider breaking your goals down into smaller, more manageable steps and setting deadlines for each step. This can help you stay on track and make progress toward your larger goals.

It can also be helpful to create a timeline for your self-study, outlining the specific resources and activities you will complete each week or month. This can help you stay organized and ensure that you are making consistent progress.

In addition, to setting learning goals, it’s also important to set personal goals for your front-end development journey. This could include setting aside dedicated time each week for learning, participating in online communities or forums, or working on practice projects. By setting personal goals and holding yourself accountable, you can increase your chances of success in teaching yourself front-end development.

Getting Started

Gathering the right resources is a crucial step in teaching yourself front-end development. There are many options available, from online tutorials and courses to books and ebooks, and it’s important to find materials that align with your learning style and goals.

When searching for learning materials, consider the following factors:

  • Reputation and reviews: Look for materials that have received positive reviews and have been recommended by other learners.
  • Depth and clarity: Choose materials that provide a thorough understanding of the subject matter and are written in a clear and easy-to-understand style.
  • Interactive elements: Consider materials that include interactive exercises or quizzes to test your understanding and help you retain what you’ve learned.

In addition to finding quality learning materials, it’s also important to choose a programming language and a development environment.

The most common programming language for front-end development is JavaScript, but there are also other options such as HTML, CSS, and others. Choose a language that aligns with your learning objectives and interests.

A development environment is a software application that provides a platform for writing and testing code. The most popular option today is Visual Studio Code.

Practice and iteration

  • Work on small practice projects
  • Seek feedback from others
  • Iterate and improve upon your work

Practice is key to mastering front-end development, and the best way to learn is by doing. Consider working on small practice projects to apply what you’ve learned and get real-world experience. This could include building a simple website or web application, or even just recreating an existing design.

Seeking feedback from others is also an important part of the learning process. Consider sharing your work with peers, joining online communities or forums, or even hiring a mentor to provide guidance and feedback.

As you work on practice projects and seek feedback, it’s important to iterate and improve upon your work. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes — they are a natural part of the learning process. By continuously seeking to improve and learn from your mistakes, you can accelerate your learning and become a proficient front-end developer.

Don’t be afraid of failing; rather be afraid of not trying
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Coming Soon — Part 2 (Principals, Intermediate, Advanced)

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