At work I have been tasked with rewriting portions of our current Ext JS application in Vue.js to work better with mobile devices. This post is some thoughts about my experience building a larger application in Vue. The Vue mobile client has around 12 different pages.
Tooling and Libraries
Here are some of the tools I used for the project:
- Vue cli webpack
vue init webpack <new project>
- Vuex (used to store security policy, user profile, and branding)
Some useful components and libraries in addition to Vuetify:
Components we had to build ourselves:
- lightbox viewer
Philosophy About Files and Components
Don't be afraid of large file size. Evan Czaplicki - The life of a file
We chose to use single file Vue components. It is clear where the logic, view, and styling are in the file. We chose to break up a component into smaller pieces only if we needed some function elsewhere. Managing a lot of needless component props is not fun.
Since this was my first time leading a small team in a new feature I learned a lot. I realized the importance of splitting up tasks into small chunks.
I have several students who work under me and having small tasks to give them sure sped things up. I also used code reviews as a mentoring opportunity.
One thing I was not expecting was keeping design consistency across the application. These issues included:
- margin spacing
- button style
- show loading spinner on every async interaction
The development experience shipping a Vue app was nice. Having worked on ExtJS in the previous version of the application, Vue was refreshing. I had a lot of control over how things worked and looked. Vuetify provided a lot of functionality and got things going fast. When I needed a custom component, I had the freedom to do so. Doing custom things with ExtJS can be very painful.