What makes Component Driven Front-end Development so important, today?

Component Driven Front - End Development

The core nature of technology is so that it lives in the continuous process of updates and upgrades. It wouldn’t be an overstatement if we say that each new day comes with some of the other updates in the world of technology. Component driven front-end development is one such upgrade from the age-old MVC architecture used for building websites. Facebook is one of the most popular examples of this component is driven front-end development, which was a result for their adaption of React.JS back in the year 2013. So, let us understand what exactly is this component, component-based front-end development and how it helps in creating UI that gives rich results.

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What is Component? 
A small element or feature that you witness on any page layout or user interface is popularly known as a component. A component is not bound by its size or weightage, no matter whether it is a highly customized module or a small basic building block.


In today’s era, the front-end developers usually prefer to choose CSS based front-end framework because it makes the entire process of front-end development simple and quick. It also helps in maintaining the web standards quite easily. On the basis of the requirement of your project, you can choose from the host of component-driven front-end frameworks available online. These frameworks comprise the ready-to-use components that have CSS, HTML, and Script. It ranges from a simple library for building small bullet point to an entire section of functioning. All of these to provide you with an opportunity to build a flexible & perfect responsive website template. Popular examples of such component driven front-end frameworks include, Google material design, Bootstrap material design, materialize, etc.


Why choose a component-based structure over HTML?
The traditional method of creating a structure focuses merely on pages, without focusing on the similarity or uniqueness of design or functionality. A pixel perfect demo of the HTML layout is also being created in this traditional approach, which later gets messed up when brought to the stage of implementation. This results in an extension in the project’s final deadline, budget, account, et al.


Worried, about finding a solution to this mess? Well, a component-based structure is a one-stop-solution created to avoid each of these issues that might occur in the process. Let us share a few points with you, on how a component-based process proves to be beneficial.


1) Consistency in UI/UX
It provides a library level definition for every element, which can be consistently handled throughout the system.


2) Enhanced Re-usability
A well-defined library for all required elements can be reused for multiple times for various pages, where ever you see a requirement.


3) Accelerates the Process
The process is speeded since the ready-to-use components help in accelerates the transition of design to development.


4) Cost effective Solution
The ready-to-use components and consistency in themes are easy to use and integrate with development and hence proves to be helpful to the designers.


5) Environment setup
The need for an additional front-end framework is eliminated, when a custom component structure is used. Just a rich directory structure, components styling with automation and well-defined CSS global and it’s all set! 


Basic Steps for Environment Setup Integration:

  1. Node and gulp/grunt installation globally

  2. Create a well-defined folder structure

  3. Define a project with package.json

  4. Install required gulp packages and dependencies using gulp and bower/node

  5. And start creating the components

Environment Setup Integration

Component Creation
Once you’ve set the project environment, create the required components - be it a basic component or an advanced one. Create each of them with detailed functionality integration and define each of them as separate template files.


List of Basic Components
A lengthy list of components can be created when you sit down to name it. But here we’re sharing a basic and minimal list that is required to create a customized component structure. Have a look:

  • Header

  • Footer

  • Cards

  • Buttons

  • Input Fields

  • Select Fields

  • Dropdowns

  • Forms

  • List items

  • Pagination

  • Tables

  • Panels

  • Tabs

  • Collapsibles

  • Banners

  • Progress bars

  • Labels and Badges

  • Alerts

  • Popup Boxes

  • Tooltips

  • Social icons

  • Carousels

  • Maps

Integration in Drupal
A separate division of defined templates for each of the components and integration of them in Drupal proves to be a blessing for a developer. It helps in creating uniformity, styling, reusing components and smooth development phase with bugless code.

Integration in Drupal
Integration in Drupal