What makes a great front-end developer?

We’re hiring and thinking a lot about what makes a developer great. The book Clean Code encapsulates many of our beliefs. Developers who love it tend to be our kindred spirits.

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The book argues that developers must follow the Boy Scout Rule: “Leave the campground cleaner than you found it”—and that if all developers did that, “code could not rot.”

It has many great sections, including “The total cost of owning a mess,” “The grand redesign in the sky,” “Use intention-revealing names,” “Don’t repeat yourself,” “Comments do not make up for bad code,” and “Function names should say what they do.”

We recommend that you read, at the very least, pages 1–15. They are pure gold. You can read most of them using the Amazon page’s “Look Inside” feature.

In case it’s not obvious, the book is incredibly relevant to website development. (That last sentence contains a level of internal rhyming that would make Eminem jealous.) Most websites deteriorate with time—to the point that they become almost uneditable. Surprisingly, though, few developers—or companies—recognize the value of tidying, refactoring, and improving the readability of code.

If you know someone who does the kind of things we’ve described above, please forward this article to them.

Or, if you manage developers, encourage them to read the book and follow its principles.

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