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Introducing a JS Framework for the frontend #109

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lucas-camp opened this issue Dec 3, 2018 · 1 comment
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@lucas-camp lucas-camp commented Dec 3, 2018

As the app heavily depends on JS and AJAX on the client side, using a JS framework (i.e. Angular/React/Vue) might increase the maintainability and modularization.

I see two ways to implement this.

  1. Integrating the JS framework into the current structure and each HTML page separately and still rendering the page in the backend. A huge benefit of this approach is, that it can be merged incrementally.

  2. Write a fully SPA (Single Page Application). The frontend is completely handled by the client side and the backend only exposes a REST API. This would mean a nearly complete rewrite of the frontend and huge parts of the backend.

A viable option might be starting with option 1 followed by 2 at a later point.

As I'm not really familiar with development of web applications I'd like to start a discussion on this topic.

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@NFiedler NFiedler commented Dec 3, 2018

As can be seen in the tool (especially my commits) itself, I am by no means fluent in JS. And i don't feel comfortable in and with the JS code we are currently using. So i'm all for a proper framework with modularization.
As i have neither the competence nor the time to implement one of these options, i'm open to both, while i think that option 1 offers a more promising way by allowing a stepwise transition.
I would be happy to provide REST APIs in the backend.

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