March 13, 2015 | SXSW Interactive | JW Marriott Austin
Modern websites has separate code bases but very similar / duplicate styles behind them. Most of the time, an old website can be identified easily with it’s looks and feel. In that same view, modern websites can be identified easily as they share somewhat similar appearance. Our codebase basically looks like this-
We build all our applications in this Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)
Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)is a design pattern where software provides distinct functionality as services to other applications
The databases in the image above contains all the content. The clients contains interfaces or front end applications that actually display the content. between these two, sits the services. Services will go out, reach the databases and then populate the actual front end applications. This is very modular because if any of these front end applications makes update to the content- the database, that update is then implemented across all the other applications. Smart way to serve up different types of content.
But to fit “Design” in the picture above, we could use Bootstrap or Foundation. But Shay Howe always finds himself working against them rather than working with them. He introduced his own little “Baby Bootstrap”.
The goal here is to create modular, predictable and maintainable code. The idea is that we are not building pages, we are building systems
This this view, to have a service to focus on style explicitly would be beneficial. That’s why we call it “Style” as a service. He introduced rolodex as his own little “Baby Bootstrap”