Why can’t we find Front End developers?

The other day I stumbled upon a Quora’s question related to Front End Engineering and Startups on “Why is it that startups have trouble finding front end developers?”. The OP adds the following notes:

(…) I think most people would agree that front end development is much easier than other fields of engineering. So why is it that startups have trouble finding front end developers?

I saw a few good answers, and most of them go straight to the point. Here’s my own opinion, based on my work experience, looking for Front End jobs, interviewing Front End Engineers, and working on Front End projects on the daily basis. Continue reading

The Web Development Landscape for 2014


2013 was a great year for Web Development. Javascript Single Page Application technologies like AngularJS had a tremendous growth during the year, because even though learning AngularJS can be really hard, it allows you to create amazing applications and animations. During 2013, web content driven companies like Techcrunch, Guardian and BBC News, invested an enormous amount of time and resources in order to push the web further: from doing a full responsive redesign (Techcrunch), releasing their front end framework (Guardian), to developing tailor made applications for viewport testing with image diff tools (BBC News).

If that were not enough, a good deal of standards, strategies and libraries, are gaining momentum over the web development community: Flexbox is becoming more and more popular, by showcasing scenarios where CSS layout techniques were never enough; it even allows us to do Content Choreography and by now it’s quite well supported (just don’t get too excited for mobile quite yet). Atomic Design, an ideology and strategy coined by Brad Frost, became quite popular too; it separates the structure of our designs in “atoms” and joins them into components (“modules”) that will later become pages and web products. In conjunction with other practices and methodologies, CSS has become an easier code to maintain and has been pushed to its limits. Workflow tools like Yeoman and Grunt allows us to create mobile responsive web projects in less than 5 minutes. SVG got further and Web Components became famous.

Let’s be honest, 2013 was the year where the title Front End Engineer/Developer/Ops was catching fire. Although not perfectly, people are already interviewing for this specific job description. Continue reading

The “cover” object [OOCSS]

Last week I got some interesting feeds in my mailbox: Forrst launched a new redesign, the long waited NodeJS powered blog platform Ghost was finally public released, there’s actually a Jekyll Theme that doesn’t look like a webpage from the 90’s, and I founded an outstanding design in the form of an amazing article about Russia from the New York Times (and adebate on whether this is a good or bad idea).

After opening each of those websites, I noticed this design trend that has been going on for some time, an image with a caption or some sort of content over it:

Russia New York Times Article
New York Times Article on Russia Continue reading