This time last year, I was hesitant to call myself a front-end developer. What’s changed?
- Using the terminal and using version control (github or SVN) doesn’t scare me.
- I don’t get stuck on basic jQuery errors (update: and I can help co-workers with jQuery problems!).
- I understand when to use if/else statements and for loops better.
- I use stackoverflow.
- I know how to FTP my files to a server, and how to push small projects to Heroku.
- I use LESS and Twitter Bootstrap.
- I’ve been to six hackathons, and made friends working in tech
- I’ve realized that compared to some folks I’ve met with actual CS degrees, I’m pretty good at CSS
- I’ve had a lot of practice applying responsive design on almost all of my projects.
- I got over my confusion about how to use APIs at all, and used the Google Maps API, Tumblr API, and Flickr APIs on some projects for the first time.
- I’ve become a lot better at debugging problems, and knowing when to ask for help
- Learning new frameworks or languages has become easier because of the knowledge foundation I’ve built so far.
To be honest, I’m pretty curious about what this entry will look next year. As long as I continue to enjoy learning web development (and blogging about it), there’s hope yet, I think.