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Zahin Alwa
Zahin Alwa

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Essential Frontend Resources in 2019

Frontend development has taken the world by storm in the last decade with extreme progress in all web technologies (HTML, CSS, JS, etc.) sponsored and led by the biggest software companies in the world. It is arguably one of the highest paid, the most in-demand and satisfying jobs in the software industry for quite some time. This is the best time to learn it if you haven’t started already 😃!

Here is an exhaustive list of web resources that will help you to become a great Frontend developer in 2019.

  • Mozilla Developer Network for frontend (Html, CSS, Js, etc.) code reference and learning 🤓. This will be your code holy book 📚 and you should follow it religiously!

  • caniuse.com to check ✅ cross-browser compatibility of frontend technologies.

  • kangax-js-compat-table to check ✅ JavaScript versions (ES5, ES6, ES2016+ etc.) compatibility across different compilers, servers/runtimes and platforms (Desktop and Mobile).

  • html5 Periodic Table to learn different types of HTML5 elements and write semantic HTML markup 😎.

  • web.dev to learn about web 🕷 fundamentals from Google Developers 👨‍💻.

  • v8.dev to learn about Google’s open-source high-performance Javascript and WebAssembly engine 🦸‍♂️ that empowers Chrome and NodeJS.

  • css-tricks to learn everything about CSS 😻. Period.

  • htmlreference.io, cssreference.io to have an HTML/CSS visual guide 🤩 and code reference bookmark.

  • javascript.com, javascript.info to start learning about Javascript 😼.

  • ponyfoo.com to get valuable content about the Open Web platform 🕸️.

  • smashingmagazine.com to get professional resources for web designers 🤓 and developers.

  • freecodecamp.org to build frontend projects and collaborate with the community 👨‍🏫.

  • frontendmasters.com to advance 🔥 your skills with in-depth, modern frontend courses.

  • codecademy.com, udemy.com, pluralsight.com, lynda.com to do free and paid 💴 online code courses.

  • egghead.io to learn the best JavaScript tools and frameworks from industry pros 😎.

  • alligator.io to quickly understand seemingly-difficult frontend code concepts 😮.

  • leanpub.com to easily write, publish and sell in-progress and completed ebooks 📚 and online courses.

  • frontendfront.com to stay updated with the latest web news, trends and conferences 📣 happening all over the world 🌍.

  • uptodate.frontendrescue.org to follow frontend leaders 🏆 , find the best resources, attend conferences, get inspired and build your stuff.

  • medium.com to discover, read 📖 and write 🖊 related articles.

  • twitter.com, instagram.com to follow people you like, discover what they do 🔍 and share your work.

  • producthunt.com to discover and submit 💯 new products.

  • codepen.io to build, test 🧐 and discover frontend code.

  • jsfiddle.net to build demos for libraries/framework documentation 📃 and fiddle with frontend code.

  • repl.it to learn, build, collaborate and host your ideas in one place 🤩.

  • codesandbox.io to build ✍️ and share web applications using cutting edge technologies.

  • glitch.com to build ✍️ and share your next web app/bot/demo using customisable starter templates.

  • github.com to host and review 🧐 code, manage projects and build software 🤖 alongside millions of developers.

  • stackoverflow.com to get answers to your toughest coding questions 😁, share knowledge with your coworkers in private, and find your next dream job.

  • hashnode.com to connect with developers all around the world and grow your career 🤓.

  • dev.to to share and discover great ideas, have debates and make friends 💛.

Well, that's a wrap!
Do you like this list? Did I miss any essential web resources that you feel should be added?
Please let me know in the comments or collaborate on Github. Let's talk!

Disclaimer: All these resources have been chosen on popularity, relevance and effectiveness metrics. Their presence will certainly enhance your frontend developer portfolio but you can always pick and choose them :).

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Tyrus Malmström • Edited

Great list for sure -- thanks for putting this together! 😊

May I also suggest JSFiddle.

It is somewhat synonymous with codepen, however with a few differences! IMO, JSFiddle is more of a platform to learn and discover code, whereas codepen is more of a 'sharing' platform. For instance code snippets, UI patterns and what not.

That's not to say that you can't learn from codepen, you most definitely can and they are both amazing tools! 😎

Best,
Tyrus Malmstrom.

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Zahin Alwa Author • Edited

Hi Tyrus, thanks for the suggestion 🙌.

I am glad you liked the compiled list :).

Indeed JSFiddle.net is an amazing frontend code playground and has been one of the oldest too. I started using it way before any other online code playground. I critically thought about its inclusion into the list and finally decided against it due to the fact that all major features provided by JSFiddle are already present in Codepen and Codepen has a thriving huge developer community that appreciates, collaborates and discover incredible frontend code every day. I was unable to find a likewise community for JSFiddle.

Having said that, there will be developers who might like the elegant UI, usability and minimal feature set offered by JSFiddle.

Thus, I will add JSFiddle to the list.

Regards,
Zahin

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Zahin Alwa Author

Hi Alberto, thanks for the suggestions 🙌.

Wow! These resources are invaluable and will act as an HTML/CSS code reference bookmark.

I will add both of them to the list :).

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Alberto Méndez Hernández

A pleasure mate!

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Daniel Worsnup

Great list! What about caniuse.com ?

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Tyrus Malmström

I agree! caniuse is an awesome site that I use quite often in my daily development.

It allows you to see what features are supported on all browsers and the layout is very intuitive -- great suggestion! 👌😊

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Zahin Alwa Author • Edited

Hi Daniel, thanks for the suggestion 🙌.

I am glad you liked the compiled list :).

My bad 😅! caniuse.com is the de-facto standard for finding cross-browser compatibility of frontend technologies. I will add it to the list.

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Agustin Sevilla

Great list - I propose that you should add glitch.com ! I am a long time user of codepen and a huge fan of it, and gitch.com is kind of a full stack version of it. If you haven't tried it yet - I highly recommend it!

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Zahin Alwa Author

Hi Agustin, thanks for the suggestion 🙌.

I totally agree with your proposal. glitch.com allows you to build and share full-stack web applications and it's a breeze to make stuff on it. I have built a couple of POCs on it and loved the whole experience.

I will add glitch.com to the list :).

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Prashant Andani

missing dev.to?

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Zahin Alwa Author • Edited

Hi Prashant, thanks for the suggestion 🙌.

How can I missed it 😁? Honestly, I hadn't explored dev.to at the time of writing this post. I am simply blown away by its fantastic developer community!

I will add dev.to to the list :).

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Gabriel Arazas

Strange, I don't see dev.to in here considering JavaScript-based (or at least front-end based) articles are pretty popular here. :p

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Zahin Alwa Author • Edited

Hi Gabriel, thanks for the suggestion 🙌.

Totally agree. How can I miss it 😁? Honestly, I hadn't explored dev.to at the time of writing this post. I am simply blown away by its fantastic developer community!

I will add dev.to to the list :).

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Chandler Baskins

I would also suggest javascript.info as anoth awesome resource for learning.

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Zahin Alwa Author

Hi Chandler, thanks for the suggestion 🙌.

Indeed, javascript.info is a valuable frontend resource consisting of Javascript-based tutorials. The site content is regularly updated to catch up with the progress of ECMAScript specification.

Thus, I will add it to the list :).

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@frontEndMasters

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Zahin Alwa Author

Hi Mark, thanks for the suggestion 🙌.

Indeed, frontendmasters.com is a valuable frontend resource to advance your skills 🔥. It is a highly popular course among frontend developers.

I will add it to the list.

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Ema Suriano

Great list! I also recommend ponyfoo.com and also to subscribe to their weekly newsletter, they share really good content from all over the internet!

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Zahin Alwa Author

Hi Emanuel, thanks for the suggestion 🙌.

Indeed, ponyfoo.com is an amazing resource that has been sharing valuable content for a while now.

I will add it to the list :).

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Michael Maitoza

Thanks for putting the list together. It is very helpful.

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Zahin Alwa Author

Hi Michael,

I am glad you liked the compiled list :).

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Yomesh Gupta

Great list! How about devtools.tech for amazing tech tutorials? :P

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Zahin Alwa Author • Edited

Aye Aye Captain! Will add devtools.tech to the list 😉.

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Maxence_Yro 🇨🇮

Great list thanks you

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Zahin Alwa Author

Hi Maxence,

I am glad you liked the compiled list :).

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Zahin Alwa Author

Hi Stefan, thanks for the suggestion 🙌 and sorry for a bit late reply.

hashnode.com seems like a fantastic resource to connect with developers all around the world and grow your career 🤓.

I will add it to the list :).

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Alok Ranjan

Very nice and informative article.
Thanks a lot.

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Zahin Alwa Author

Hi Alok,

I am glad you liked the compiled list :).