From Django to React: How to Write Frontend if You Are a Backend Developer

By Jorge Galvis, IOD Expert

Backend developers in a web application project are in charge of the components that users don’t see (database connections, cache systems, performance, security, and transactions, among others). Chances are that a backend may end up writing a bit of code for client apps, too: because of the lack of available JavaScript developers at any given moment, perhaps, or because a manager wants all features to be completed by one developer. Whatever the reason, when a backend programmer has to write frontend code, it causes a bit of frustration. Usually they don’t like to write styling (CSS), nor markups (HTML), and they probably don’t like JavaScript at all.

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How to Stay Human (While You Freelance)

It’s almost a year since I told Ofir Nachmani, CEO of IOD (and my boss), that I would be moving from Israel to the U.S. the following month. At that point, I had been working full-time for the company only for a short time.

To request from Ofir what I did — “Can I take this job to the U.S.?” — would likely be considered brazen and absurd at most other companies after half a year of employment, even in this digital age of remote work. But Ofir hardly missed a beat when he replied, “We’re a company of freelancers, how could I say, ‘no?’”
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