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Why Front-End Developers Should Start Learning Cloud Now
Learning Cloud is Essential for Success in 2023
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I'm a Front-end Developer focused on Angular, Typescript, and Sass; during the last four years, I put all my energy into improving my Frontend Skills (Angular, NgRx, Testing, Sass) but without any effort to learn something about the Cloud.
Why don't I take care of Cloud? My previous front-end jobs with Angular, Rxjs, Sass, State Management, Testing, and Git skills solve all my work tasks and don't require any Cloud skills.
Also, I was working with DevOps, and he configured everything for me, so it is enough if I have basic docker skills.
But, Since 2021, my search results for front-end positions have required more than my current skills.
The job description adds the Nice to have part skills like CI/CD, AWS, Azure, Jenkins, and Cloud architecture.
If I want to be relevant in the positions, the Cloud must be part of my CV.
Here are some examples of jobs descriptions:
Bonus Qualifications Cross-platform web application development (Windows, Mac, Linux) Familiarity with CI/CD concepts and experience working with a deployment pipeline such as Jenkins Experience with AWS and Terraform
Bonus Qualifications Proven experience in GitLab CI/CD system to: Define a complete pipeline Generate changelog automatically Release multiple packages automatically docker container management in iCloud through an automated channel using Terraform
WILL BE ALSO WELCOME Experience in frontend development, especially React Experience architecting, designing, developing, and implementing cloud solutions Understanding of CI/CD processes and tools (GitLab, Jenkins) Experience in Docker, Kubernetes Experience in Cloud Infrastructure
The Cloud is more than pleased to have; it is essential knowledge for developers. I need to be ready, not just write code with tests and push it to the repo.
Nowadays, with the Cloud and the infrastructure as code, it simply deploys and releases a product more than GitHub.
For example, AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, or Netlify enables developers to deploy your products quickly, so we are ready to do more than code.
Every product lives in the Cloud, so I must prepare to package, set up, and deliver our solutions.
Now I want to take extra steps in my professional journey; the Cloud and DevOps are the following challenges.
Can you survive without Cloud / DevOps Skills?
If I don't know Cloud, mean we don't get jobs? I want to ask you similar questions.
Can you get a job if you don't know how a unit writes tests?
Can you get a job if you don't know React or Vue to get a job?
Of course, you will get a job, but if you want great jobs highly valued by your company, add Cloud and DevOps skills to your CV.
Pick A Flavor
Every Cloud has a path to learn, but most have similar services, pick which fits you, or you can put the skills to the test or get job offers.
The Cloud is a pandora's box; it has some areas or specializations like Cloud Administration, Cloud Developer, or DevOps.
Why Learn Azure?
Because I'm working in a consulting company, most of our customers work with Azure/DevOps; also, Azure is one of the top three cloud solutions for enterprise companies. Similar to Google and AWS, they have a certification plan, and many companies ready with the Microsoft ecosystem prefer to use Azure.
Because I don't know about the Cloud, my starting point is learning the fundamental points of Azure using the Certification Path AZ-900.
It covers the following points.
Core Azure Services
Core Solutions and Management
Security and Network
Identity, Governance privacy, and compliance.
Azure Cost and Service Agreements.
All these topics are just the first step. I will write about each case in the blog.
You don't need to learn Cloud if you don't want or need it. It is a personal opinion about my future; I may be wrong.
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