The Great Divide between so-called front-end developers is real! Here, Brad Frost proposes some modern role definitions.
Brad also offers:
A succinct way I’ve framed the split is that a front-of-the-front-end developer determines the look and feel of a button, while a back-of-the-front-end developer determines what happens when that button is clicked.
I’m not sure I completely agree with his definitions—I see a bit more nuance in it. Then again, maybe I’m biased by my own career experience. I’m sort-of a FOTFE developer, but one who has also always done both BOTFE and “actual” back-end work (building Laravel applications, or working in Ruby on Rails etc).
I like the fact that we are having this discussion, though. The expectations on developers are too great and employers and other tech people need to realise that.