Command-line interfaces help to turn bootstrapping an app into a pleasant experience, but it is still not enough to keep it easy to maintain in the long run. Developers are left on their own to keep all configurations and dependent tools up to date. This problem multiplies when they own more than one project which shares the same setup. Fortunately, there is another pattern that can simplify maintainers life – reusable scripts. This idea boils down to moving all the necessary configurations and scripts to one single tool dependency. In most cases, it should be possible to accomplish all tasks using the default settings, but some customization is allowed, too. With all that in place updating all projects becomes a very straightforward task. Some existing examples that I found are:
If you found this idea interesting, you might want to find out more and see a related talk by Corey House from NEJS CONF 2017:
WordPress and Gutenberg
It has been already 2 months since I joined Gutenberg team to help develop the new WordPress editor. Historically it has always been easy to customize WordPress installation using themes and extend it with plugins. It won't be any different in Gutenberg, where the main extension point that needs to be emphasized is creating new content blocks. However, the vision is much more ambitious in the terms of providing various opportunities for developers. You can check what is currently being discussed here.
If WordPress were to adopt React, it would make sense for it to also provide a zero-configuration build environment. We are happy to offer some of the packages we developed as part of Create React App for reuse: for example, our interactive build error overlay with editor integrations.
I would like to focus on the zero-configuration build environment part. WordPress will remain PHP based solution forever and its community already created an impressive native command-line interface which makes Create React App obsolete. WP-CLI allows to manage content, themes, plugins and a way much more. It also provides wp scaffold plugin command, which seems like a solid foundation to enable support for creating Gutenberg blocks. This would make extending new WordPress editor as easy as executing one command.
- Announcing vue-cli – from the official Vue.js blog.
- Create Apps with No Configuration – from the official React blog.
- The Past, Present and Future of Angular CLI – from the official Angular blog.
- Tools without config – an article by Kent C. Dodds.
- Your last ESLint config – an article by Tomasz Netczuk.
- Why robots should format our code – an article by Artem Sapegin.
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