The State of Front-End Dev

From: http://alistapart.com/event/front-end-dev

Marco: Uh yeah, so, final thoughts. I guess for me, it’s kind of acknowledging that the space of front-end development is kind of exploding right now, it’s a really exciting time to kind of be in this space. And I think people should kind of embrace how dynamic it is and how in demand it is, and just really kind of find where you fit, right? There’s really no rules for this—if there’s nothing else you got out of this, there’s no rules for this. Like, the thing that you like to do in the front-end is valuable. Learn it and then go find the people who are going to pay you money to do that, because this is the time.

My confusion about my job title just answered after listening that talk. Like Marco said front-end development is exploding right now. HTML and CSS are absolutely part of it, but Javascript, Ruby, even SEO can be part of it or maybe not.

Front-end developer can be a team which consist of people who good at HTML and CSS, Javascript, Visual Designer etc.

Even though you are not good at Javascript, but HTML and CSS, you are still called front-end developer. I prefer to call them as front-end designer, part of front-end development though. Like me :)

Can Students Have Too Much Tech?

Can Students Have Too Much Tech?

  1.  The computer is the “distraction machine.” It is just vibrating with distractions. Even the supposedly educational websites have things that move, different colors, links, and so forth. Keeping my kids focused on their lessons requires constant supervision. Most of the time spent at the computer is recreational.
  2. I think the content tends to be superficial, possibly because making the underlying mechanics work detracts from actually creating content. A lot of the software that I saw in the early 80’s was glorified flash cards, and I’m not sure it’s much better today. I’d estimate kids spend twice the time on half the content.
  3. The bright side is, I think there’s some tech, that is qualitatively different than a textbook. It tends to resemble “real” software that grown-ups use, such as programming tools, computer algebra systems, and so forth. Schools rarely use this stuff.

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