Front-end development

If you want your website to look great, you need to get a developer who is specializing in front-end. There is a number of things a good front-end developer should have focus on:

  • Getting the website to look exactly how it was meant to by the designer or possibly even better based on a dialogue with the designer.
  • Getting the website to interact in the way it was meant to by the designer or possibly even improving it based on a dialogue with the designer.
  • Achieving the desired level of browser compatibility (browser testing).
  • Getting into the details / pixel-Perfect.
  • Minimizing website load-time.
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Front-end development requires focus on details

Front-end development requires both, being able to code and design. Too many developers would not be able to tell a difference between “Times New Roman” and “Georgia”. Apparently they look alike but there is a difference.

Luckily, “looks alike” or “good enough” will never be our motto here at Codemakers. We are often complimented by designers and design agencies for our precision down to every pixel in our templates. We ensure that your website will look just as great in the browser as it does in the design file or even better.

There is a number of different coding languages used in front-end development such as CSS, JavaScript and HTML. Let us look into each of these.

CSS

CSS is the core of front-end development. It is responsible for website graphics including layout, colors, margins, fonts and a lot more. It is also a relatively simple and easy to use coding language. However, it can be tricky to make the different CSS rules deliver same result across different web-browsers. For more information about browser compatibility read here.

JavaScript

JavaScript is an extremely powerful programming language which we value a lot here at Codemakers. In basic terms, CSS is used to deliver an appealing look while JavaScript can actually do magic. Magic? The reason why JavaScript is so powerful is that JavaScript is always “on”, so it can react to the user actions after the website has been loaded in contrast to server-side languages. For example JavaScript could make the menu fold out when the user hovers the mouse over a menu element.

JavaScript can also communicate with server-side scripts or the database if needed. For this purpose, something called an AJAX request would be used. A good example of how AJAX can be used is observed when posting a comment on Facebook. The comment becomes visible and is sent to Facebook’s database without reloading the whole page. This is just a tiny example among an ocean of possibilities which JavaScript provides and thus makes front-end developments quite exciting.

jQuery
Programmers always look for methods to make things more efficient. One of those ways is using JavaScript libraries. At Codemakers we are using the most popular JavaScript library – jQuery.

HTML5

Do you like to experiment with colors and functions? Or maybe you would like to display a dynamically created animation, for example, based on the data filled out by a customer? If so, you don’t need to look no further. HTML5 is made exactly for this and more.

HTML5 is relatively new in the industry. Even though the majority of older browsers do not support HTML5, there are tools to make HTML5 work in older browsers too (Explorer 6,7 and 8). One of the major changes HTML5 has brought in is HTML5 Canvas. It can be used to drag and animate 2D sketches and 3D objects.

Browsers and testing

Sometime in the future will all front-end developers code for the same browser but until then there are different considerations which have to be remembered when coding websites for different browsers. Browser tests are very important in front-end development.

Why is browser testing important?
Different browsers have different ways of rendering the code that a website is written in. As a result, a website might look and/or interact differently across various browsers.

Our products include testing for the following browsers:

  • Internet Explorer from v.8 – to latest
  • Chrome / Opera / Safari (Latest versions)
  • Firefox (Latest version)
  • iPhone v.5 – to latest
  • iPad

For more information about browser popularity worldwide see:
http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp

 

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