After the summer, the start of a “new school year” in Paradigma has been filled with new and interesting projects. Foreseeing this workload, we carried out an intense recruitment process in July and August in order to expand Paradigma’s Front team and meet the new demands, and thanks to this we have recruited very talented people. However, during the search process I couldn’t help but notice, in the most evident and heartbreaking way, a reality that I had already heard about but had not yet experienced in my own flesh: the front developer profile doesn’t exist anymore.
This front work used to be carried out by the “front developer’’ and although they did a very valuable job, they didn’t get a lot of visibility in the final product’s value chain.
In order to be able to absorb CSS (or rather to be able to fit it into their mental programming frames) they have brought different types of pre-processors and complete CSS frameworks that implement a grid and the responsive without having to get your hands dirty, and with luck, without having to design or do UX.
Another thing that has contributed to this outlook is the great rise of startups and small development companies that don’t have a specific front profile and have created the full- stack developer.
Neither can you forget the LinkedIn bingo (Angular, React, Node, Polymer… sirs, they have crossed out a line), in which front end profiles have more names and framework logos than Fernando Alonso’s race suit and are sold by weight (1 kilo of Angular2, half a kilo of Bootstrap and 300 grams of Grunt, and cut them thin for me).
I always start interviews with a direct question: What is your strength in front? (straight to the point) and it is disheartening when interviewing a person with a front development background to hear them reply to you “I have X years’ experience using Bootstrap”, and if I ask them again, in the best of cases they tell me that “only for grid and the responsive’’ or they look at me with astonishment and ask: ‘’Don’t you always use Bootstrap?’’
And I have said ‘’they want to develop’’ because it has happened that someone leaves the company because they spent a week doing front development and they had come to program in Angular. How dare you…
We have had a really hard time finding good front developers. All types of developers with experience in a wide range of technologies and front frameworks have applied for the jobs, but very few front developers like the ones I’m talking about.
In the end we have achieved it and we are very happy to have brought in new talent to our team. But I still have the sad feeling of knowing that the next time we won’t be so lucky. Before all of this there were plenty! Now they are all supposedly full-stack developers.
Either we have all been hiring all the front developers out there (and really there are a lot of them but they are all happy in their respective companies) or this type of developers have vanished because nobody wants to do the job. Or it could be that there is no demand for this type of developer and they have had to evolve into Front architects. What do you think?