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Frontend Architecture for Design Systems by Micah Godbolt

Frontend Architecture for Design Systems by Micah Godbolt

Author:Micah Godbolt [Micah Godbolt]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: Networking
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Inc.
Published: 2016-02-09T22:00:00+00:00


Conquering the Last Mile

Our problem was that Drupal had a very opinionated rendering engine, and it was very difficult to prototype the markup that Drupal would render without actually running Drupal itself. So we decided to upend the Drupal rendering pipeline and insert our own solution. We wanted a solution that could be shared between our prototyping tool, Drupal, WordPress, or any other platform that wanted to use our design system. We started with the Twig templating language, as it was mature and robust, and had both PHP and Node compiling engines.

Now that we had a universal rendering engine that allowed us to use the same template files in our prototyping tool as we did in production, we never again had to worry about translating our templates from one system to another. Once we created a pattern in our style guide, we could document the data set required to produce that design, and pass that off to our backend developers to implement. In a way, we had created a design system API, or a theme as a service, where our users had a simple, defined interface that accepted data input and returned identical HTML regardless of the platform.



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