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What are the most important things a front end developer should be learning right now?

What are the most important things a front end developer should be learning right now?

Problem

I am a web Developer who has regrettably not kept up as much as I would like to have with the Cutting Edge of the web development field for about the past year. I am trying to get caught up, and am not totally sure what the best things to focus are to be modern right now. I am primarily a front end developer in my current job, so front end skills are probably the most relevant to me right now.

I have been reading up on things like HTML5 Please, CSS Tricks, HTML5 Doctor, and Nettuts. There are lots of exciting things to learn about, but the vast majority of them aren't fully supported yet. What is most important to learn for front end development right now? How can I tell which of these things really should be used with a pollyfill, and which should not be used at all yet? What should I focus on Learning, so that I can become more cutting edge? What should I read?

Problem courtesy of: Code Junkie

Solution

I would make an argument for jQuery. I won't say that it makes JavaScript a pleasure to use, but it removes a lot of the friction from developing fully-featured dynamic JavaScript-driven sites.

Solution courtesy of: MichaelFStarke

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