A fully decoupled architecture can provide many benefits: more specialized front-end and back-end developers, easier project management with less dependencies, and more reusable front-end code. However, this solution is not right for every project: Hosting and deployment becomes more complicated, JS apps don’t have access to powerful Drupal functionality, and some clients don’t love the idea of also maintaining a separate JS stack.
At Bluecadet, we have been exploring using Twig in Fractal (https://fractal.build/) to build independent component libraries that can be used in a Drupal theme. With this approach, we gain many of the advantages of a decoupled architecture, without taking on its complexity.
This talk will cover:
- The benefits of using a front end style guide for modular sites
- The Fractal style guide generator
- Designing components for use in Drupal
- How to integrate Fractal with your site’s Drupal theme
- The gotchas and points of friction we’ve encountered along the way.
Chris is a Senior Developer at Bluecadet, focusing on front-end development.