Day in the life of
Frontend Developer – Elia Lotti
I’m Elia Lotti, working as a Frontend Developer for 3 years, but with more experience with programming in general.
I’m working remotely, so I wake up in the morning and in less than 30 minutes I’m in front of my laptop writing code.
During the workday, I take requirements from other people and turn them into websites or web apps. Sometimes I reject the requirements because they are not feasible. This is the most exciting part of my job 🙂
I enjoy frontend development because I get to work both on user interfaces, and logic.
My main responsibility is to let people that use websites/apps I build, not go mad finding actions (e.g. buttons).
But I have lots of other responsibilities that most users do not know about:
- Ensure fast performance, even when there are millions of rows in a table
- Ensure security, mainly preventing XSS attacks
- Talk to 1 or more backend APIs, which may be difficult while ensuring performance
- Make the layout responsive
- Make the UI international: multilingual text, different number/dates formatting, RTL/LTR layouts
- Ensure accessibility for users with different types of disabilities. This is the most difficult part of my job, you don’t always have a way to really test it
- You can make people happy by making their work easier
- You get to work with some advanced technologies
- You understand how the web works
- You can make people frustrated
- You depend on a backend so you may need to wait to build something
- I work as the only frontend developer, so I feel lonely 🙁
Front-End Developers are typically required to code the visual user interface for a website or mobile application. They build the “front end” of the project while Back-End Developers handle the coding that goes on behind the scenes.