It's 2015 and as a discipline, front end development (FED) has recently seen enormous growth as new design patterns, build tools, and libraries and frameworks emerge and mature. Given this wide range of topics, FED can start meaning different things to different people, and it can be easy to lose track of what exactly a “front end developer” does on any given team and why it's important.
At Shopify, we’ve been exploring the role more closely as our FED team continues to grow. In this talk, I will share my perspective on front end development and discuss how by investing in shared tools like design standards, processes, and style guides, we’ve been able to find common focus for our team and a stronger understanding of our role across disciplines. “Front end developer” can be an ambiguous title - here’s one team’s approach to finding some clarity.