One good thing about being a developer is that you get a lot of opportunities to upskill and learn new technologies. Sticking to what you know already and not experimenting and learning new things is more or less similar to digging your own grave. These technologies, frameworks, tools, all will go obsolete in the future, and when that time comes, the only way to thrive is to have knowledge of newer technologies.
In this article, I wish to define a good career upskill journey for front-end developers. Starting from HTML and CSS, a developer can explore multiple opportunities to learn new technologies. One of our core values at Accubits is “Learn and Share” and I believe this is very very relevant for developers because, unless they have a learn and share mentality, there won’t be skill or career growth.
I hope this article would be helpful for some of my fellow developers out there. The flow diagram below depicts the upskill path I prefer, this is very subjective. I’ll explain what you need to learn in detail in the following sections.
Once you have learned the JS libraries, I highly recommend you to learn Angular JS (Or React JS or both!) AngularJS is a structural framework for dynamic web applications. It lets you use HTML as your template language and lets you extend HTML’s syntax to express your application components clearly and succinctly. Its data binding and dependency injection eliminate much of the code you currently have to write. If you know the concepts of angular and know how things work in JS. It’s time you should switch between different frameworks & libraries.
Roadmap for Angular Developer to get Design skills: (applicable for react js too).
Having a logical thinking process can help you with JS coding. But, to develop an application, you also need to the front end side. Once you have covered the basic CSS, you can switch to advanced CSS options like flexbox, grid systems & animations.
Roadmap for Angular Developer to learn React:
Roadmap for a React JS developer to learn AngularJS:
Angular is a framework, it’s completely opinionated. If you haven’t created any react apps using typescript.
Roadmap for Frontend Developer to learn Node JS:
Server-side technologies look simple but you must have good logical thinking and decision-making skills. Learn about multiple stacks from stackshare.io and know how big companies operate.
While learning Node.JS, you may or may not have learned DB management. Get familiarised with relational databases such as MySQL, Postgres, SQL Server, and/or NoSQL databases like MongoDB, CouchDB. Once you know the basics of DB management, you can move to advanced database management. The roadmap is as follows;
As you upskill from HTML/CSS to advanced database management, you earn yourself a badge of a full-stack developer. Now it’s your turn to change the gear and specialize in emerging technologies. I recommend three upskill options. The first option, in no specific order, is to specialize in Blockchain technology. The second option is to specialize in microservices apps and the third option is to specialize in AI applications.
Specialize in Blockchain
If you have learned Node.JS, it’s easier for you to get started with blockchain development.
Specialize in Microservice apps
Node’JS is a weakly typed language. You can consider upskilling to a strongly typed language like Golang and specialising in Microservice apps, enterprise-grade applications. Microservices – also known as the microservice architecture – is an architectural style that structures an application as a collection of services that are highly maintainable and testable, loosely coupled, independently deployable, organized around business capabilities, and owned by a small team
Specialize in Artificial Intelligence
Once you’ve learned node.js and databases, now you’re good to upskill to Python. Python opens up a wide range of upskilling opportunities. Python is an excellent choice for beginners to enter the coding/Data Science domain. It has a simple syntax and a high readability factor making it a beginner-friendly language. Naturally, the learning curve of Python is way shorter than that of any other language (Jave, C, C++, etc.). Moreover, Python lets you head straight to your research part without worrying about the documentation. Once you have learned the basic python programming, you can get started with python frameworks. The recommended roadmap is;
The opportunities for upskilling don’t end here. This is just a roadmap you can follow from HTML/CSS to Blockchain and AI and more. Hope this article helps you!