Let’s say there is a divide happening in front-end development. I feel it, but it’s not just in my bones. Based on an awful lot of written developer sentiment, interviews Dave Rupert and I have done on ShopTalk, and in-person discussion, it’s, as they say… a thing. The divide is between people who self-identify as a (or have the job title of) front-end developer, yet have divergent skill sets.
The article shows two comparison lists, and in both lists I’m more on the right side than the left. In order to make advancements in my career as well as continue increasing my salary, I’m forcing myself into the left side little by little. But it’s been a huge struggle because both of those left sides were for the back-end developers and I was always more interested the technical aspects of the design more than the data flow and interactions.
The Twitter comments are a good reflection of this divide: