Last Sunday, I returned home, India, after attending a series of collaborative sessions in Raleigh, NC, with many designers and developers across Red Hat and the open-source community, at the UX Summit and the PatternFly Conference. The whole experience was inspiring, informative and at the same time thought provoking with many takeaways, out of which the most interesting for me was that cumulatively all the inspiring talks from the speakers of the conference were implicitly hinting towards a clue. How our attempt to solve the existing technical solutions also impact the existing work process and thereby demand a rethink on the process blocks we use.
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Web development has become increasingly complicated in recent years. The questions of which framework to use often can eat up much time at the start of a project. I can’t remember the number of times people have asked me while working on a Knockout project if I’ve heard of Durandal, or when considering Angular 2 – what about React/Flux or Aurelia?
Patternfly is a community project that promotes design commonality and improved user experience. Its offerings include open source code, patterns, style guides and an active community that helps support it all. But, this complexity, choosing web frameworks, also affects PatternFly. Our goal is “to build a UI framework for enterprise web applications”. That requires that we remain outside of the discussion of which framework is best and provide a solid set of patterns and designs for developers to rely on.
How can you build a UI framework when there are so many choices and so many strong feelings about the different choices? In my opinion, it’s important for developers to choose the framework that is best for the project and fits their skill set. There isn’t one choice that works for everybody and it’s important that we support all developers that want the benefit of well-designed components that can be used in enterprise applications.
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Recently I’ve been looking into different UI tech in use for apps built on top of Red Hat middleware, and I’ve discovered that many of Red Hat’s products use PatternFly (in differing capacities) for their administrative UIs. PatternFly is “A community of designers and developers collaborating to build a UI framework for enterprise web applications.” (from the website). There are also components, directives, etc, for AngularJS projects (which I really like).
This sounds awesome, particularly because I’m a terrible designer, so I thought I’d take a crack at converting an existing demo to use PatternFly, and along the way learn more about the framework and its best practices. These are concepts you can use in your own projects when building JS-heavy projects using Maven (which has about a billion ways to do things).
You can find the demo on jbossdemocentral, along with instructions for building it. In this article, I will describe some of the highlights of what I learned.
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