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Enhance productivity in web development using a professional toolkit

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 by Servage

As the title suggests, this post talks about enterprise level of project development, though I don’t want to forget about the small team either. One day that small team will grow and may be engaged in an enterprise level project so hopefully this piece offers inspiration to use an enterprise level toolkit to help manage big scale projects more easily. It is worth a read for all web developers, designers and mobile developers. Let’s see how to create such an enterprise level UI toolkit and how it can help us to improve productivity.

Form of UI Toolkit

Generally, when someone talks about a toolkit, we assume it to be a collection of code with components in various folders on a server. Our enterprise toolkit may contains more than this, with an easily accessible user interface, where greater interactivity between the various components among team members, including clients, is possible. An enterprise UI toolkit is a mini-version of our main application that we are developing, or it could be some form of an application that can be used frequently in a wider range of product development.

Now, you may wonder whether creating a UI toolkit in some sort of application form has benefits to it. The toolkit may consist of living libraries of patterns, sample codes for UI designers, and HTML, CSS components and templates that define standards, interactions and offering frameworks for front end developers and designers.

Of course, it is important to keep components of projects separate like wireframes, various forms of prototypes, information and designs for user journey and persona for the projects from our actual UI toolkits on the server. This is because we are creating web design UI toolkits in application form that may be available in remote places around the globe where your team members and clients are located. Therefore, performance difficulties would be greater if you dump such a heavy load on the same application.

Advantages

The final, but main, part of this post presents the advantages we can expect to get from such UI toolkit development exercises.

  • First and foremost is that we can share our understandings of design and development for a large-scale project and can propagate the best practices of front-end development among our big team, regardless of where they are located
  • The second advantage deals with saving time in designing and coding, because we have actually done enough work prior to actual development to gather useful code and components required in the project. Therefore, our designers and developers will use and re-use components and code with one click on the UI toolkit interface
  • As we use the same patterns and design components, our enterprise level web development project has a visual consistency
  • Since this UI toolkit is in application form, we can use its interface to do effective project management by placing required instructions for each level of user. Moreover, we can save effort to do repetitive tasks for specification documentation and references creation, as our sharing may be in run-time and dynamic
  • Finally, our web design enterprise UI toolkit will permit us to revisit products when updating is essential due to either growth of the  business or modification in the demands overtime

References & More Reading

How to Create an Enterprise UI Toolkit

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