When I first started working at Koombea in December 2011, my official position was Front-End Developer. However, those of us who made up the department was affectionately known as “markup-ers,” because for the most part, our work was limited to creating HTML and CSS views.
Back then, the most valued skills for our position revolved around attention to visual details, semantic knowledge, and CSS management. Programming was merely a plus that attracted a lot of attention but seemed highly impractical. The closest we came to programming was creating simple jQuery interactions, like modals or sliders, usually implementing some sort of plugin.
It was just a matter of time before our curiosity kicked in and our desire to constantly improve led us to discover the revolution around web development that was taking place all over the world.
All of a sudden, hundreds of technologies were flooding our day-to-day life: package managers like Bower, task orchestrators like Grunt and Gulp, and of course, MV* libraries like Backbone, Ember, and Angular. It was a new world for front-end development and we were invited to the party.
Recently, our work environment changed once again. The birth of a new wave of technologies such as ES6, WebPack, Babel, NPM, Yarn, React, and Redux, marked a decisive moment in the history of front-end development.
As a team, we constantly support each other, follow new developments in the industry, and help each other with learning the skills necessary to do efficient and quality work. We are excited about the future and ready to tackle new developments in the field.