Since the initial ideas and concepts of Neos, we always strived for the most performant and flexible solutions to keep our users happy and the level of innovation constantly high. This does not only apply for the editorial concepts, and the backend technologies, but also for the user interface of Neos.
Striving for the best solutions comes with change. In the first quarter of 2016 we decided to switch from Ember to React as a foundation for our user interface. The development began with an experiment a couple of weeks before. Wilhelm Behncke and Tyll Weiß of sitegeist created a solid prototype of the Neos UI with React which showed off how predictable and easy to understand the new architecture is, while also promising a great level of extensibility and modularity.
What is React
With React backing our UI development, we hope to deliver a way more performant and stable interface thanks to the state of the art rendering of React. Our aim is also to provide a top notch code base for every Neos developer/enthusiast to extend and maintain Neos with.
But it is not all about React, the rewrite is way more oriented into a direction to align the concepts of the backend into the frontend as well. We incorporate a unidirectional data flow, state of the art dependency management as well as a modern build process.
There are not many open source projects of such scale written with React and Redux yet, so if you would like to get an experience of working in an open source community and help create the best editing experience in the market, get in touch and join us!
- Check out the source code on Github
- Get in touch with Sebastian Kurfürst, organizational lead of the project
- Come hang out with us in our cozy Slack channel (register here)
- Join one of the upcoming code sprints to hack away on the project together