In the past few years, we’ve been hearing more and more about learning fatigue for front-end development. And it comes to no surprise, all the technologies, libraries and services around it shift at incredible rates. This is also a big stress, as it can make a front-end developer’s experience feel outdated in a short amount of time. The solution is keeping up-to-date.
But how does one do that, with so many technologies evolving in somewhat different directions? Having vast experience in ReactJS doesn’t help you be much closer to knowing Angular.
So how does one keep up-to-date?
The key here is having a good understanding of the fundamentals. Skipping this would otherwise make you BFF with Google. With Google searching to be exact.
To aid with a solution, we have compiled 3 things you should do to better understand and learn frontend technologies.
Get your fundamentals straight
This is addressing the elephant in the room. It is not uncommon for someone to scratch the surface and be satisfied too quickly with the obtained knowledge. Leading to early positive self-validation, believing it is enough to move on.
Be more curious, find the satisfaction to sharpen your skills. Dive deeper, keep asking yourself questions until you reach the very roots. How is a web page rendered? How is html and css used to render the styled elements on a page? How does the browser further process the code? Are there any limitations? What would they be?
Here is an idea. Try to gamify your experience. Find ways to understand the benefits of learning more. One take on this is to see it as a puzzle game. Once you obtain more knowledge, suddenly, more of the world around unwraps and reveals.
Become your own teacher
Can you define all the front-end technologies you’ve come to have some experience with? Can you explain them to a student who did not have experience with them yet?
Here’s a tip. When you learn something new, explain it out loud as if you would explain it to someone else. Don’t forget to mean it and act as if there really is someone there. No breaks, no quiet parts, just clearly explain everything.
So keep asking yourself questions and make sure you have answers to dive somewhat deeper into the subject, otherwise it can show lack of understanding.
Test. Practice. Repeat.
New techs or old tech becoming popular happen every day. Spend 30-60 minutes per day to discover new trends. Subscribe to various sources of content and read articles. When you hear about a new library, actually try it. It can be easy to consume the concept in words, but practice is what really makes it stick. Open up a code editor and try building a small demo with it. You’d be amazed at the progress you make, even in one week!
In the end, it’s about staying motivated and curious. Staying up-to-date is not that difficult if you stay consistent in a small amount of time spent on learning new things. It might feel difficult in the beginning, but if this becomes a habit, it will be easier and easier as you go.
So go ahead and enjoy trying out new things and stay curious!