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In the next part of our conversations with WebWave employees, we present the details of the Frontend Developer work - what does he do, what studies or courses should be completed to get to this position, do bootcamps give anything? What is the market like and what the entry looks like? We will answer these and other questions in today's interview with Sławomir Woźniak - Frontend Developer at WebWave.
What is the difference between Frontend and Backend? The first is the field of programming that deals with the part of the application visible to the user. Backend, in turn, is work on the server side and with data. However, Web Developers dealing with both fields cooperate closely on a daily basis.
Our today's interlocutor has been interested in programming since junior high school, math and logic have never been a problem for him. Therefore, he began to start in this field of computer science. At the beginning, like everyone who found new interest, Sławek did a decent research on the internet. He also watched tutorials and developed on his own.
Already in his school years, he created a game for him and his friends. In those days, however, he was a hobbyist when it came to programming. It wasn't until high school that he took it seriously. Currently, he no longer needs any courses - he only gains knowledge, experience and practice at work.
He spends his free time on hobbies such as the gym. He considers solving problems that are not obvious and require a lot of effort and commitment as the most difficult in his work.
Sławek has only been working at WebWave for a year, but his experience in working as a Frontend Developer extends beyond our company. He owes what he is today to self-study and hours of practice in programming. His path as a programmer allowed him to gain knowledge that he will now gladly share with beginners.
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What about studies? Are they useful for a programmer's work? Sławek did not study himself, but he thinks it is good to get to know the theory of computer science, which is widely discussed at universities. However, it is more important to work independently.
As you know, the job market for programmers is large. However, a lot depends on experience. It's hard for juniors to get their first job, but after a year or two at this career level, you can reach mid-level. Then it is much easier to find a job, in addition very well paid. Web Developers are also very popular on Linkedin, although not every offer is well prepared - so it's worth being careful.
When it comes to a developer portfolio, it's best to tackle the underlying projects and put them in a repository like GitHub. However, people with experience do not need a portfolio anymore. Then employers ask about solutions to problems, what is our experience, what technologies we use, what team we worked in, etc.
Sławek's golden advice for beginner Web Developers: it's worth focusing on practice, doing a lot on your own. We don't need to know everything by heart, it is important to understand what we are doing. The rest can be found on the internet, for example.
It's worth focusing on practice, doing a lot on your own. We don't need to know everything by heart, it is important to understand what we are doing. The rest can be found on the internet, for example.
WebWave programmers work in the Scrum methodology. They set the work in weekly sprints, i.e. every Monday they assign tasks for the current week and assign to them responsible people who will solve these problems. Our Web Developers mainly work on two types of tasks: styling and handling data. As a rule, they use Visual Studio and IntelliJ IDEA.
If you are curious about your IT background, we assure you - colleagues from the IT department send each other memes ... in mass quantities!
The work of a Junior Frontend Developer can be a dream come true - with time it provides very good earnings and great development opportunities. So it's worth spending time learning and trying to do as much as possible on your own.
Authors: Natalia Czaplicka, Bartosz Zalipski