2024-05-23 Frontend Working Group Meeting Notes: Footer Slots and Some Module Federation

 Date, time, location

 Discussion topic(s)

Backporting footer slots and bringing FPF into Frontend Platform.



Adolfo Brandes, Brian Smith, Chintan Joshi, Fox Piacenti, Jason Wesson, Max Frank

🤖 Summary

  1. Discussion on Backporting Footer Slots:

    • Brian Smith discussed backporting the footer slot to Redwood and raised the question of whether front-end slots should be provided by the front-end platform.

    • The group debated the advantages of small, independent repos versus consolidating everything under the front-end platform.

    • Key considerations included maintainability, ease of understanding, and the ability to move quickly with changes.

    • It was generally agreed that while there is merit in consolidating for stability, maintaining separate repos might still be preferable to allow faster iteration.

  2. Frontend Plugin Framework vs. Frontend Platform:

    • Discussion on whether the front-end plugin framework should be integrated into the front-end platform.

    • Concerns were raised about dependency management and potential breaking changes.

    • The current stance is to keep them separate to allow flexibility and faster development until a more stable API is needed.

  3. Modularity and Federated Modules:

    • The conversation touched on the future of modularity, particularly the possibility of federated modules becoming another plugin type.

    • The idea of integrating certain elements into the shell app instead of the library was considered to reduce complexity.

  4. New Contracts and X Blocks Development:

    • Fox Piacenti raised a concern about new contracts requiring the development of new X blocks.

    • Current limitations in integrating new MFE technologies with X blocks were discussed, highlighting the challenges of performance and maintainability.

    • The team acknowledged the need for an updated approach but recognized that a short-term solution would involve creating new X blocks with the existing framework.

  5. Configuration vs. Plugin Slots:

    • Adolfo Brandes initiated a discussion on the use of feature toggles versus plugin slots for configurations.

    • The group explored the benefits and drawbacks of each approach, considering user experience and maintainability.

    • There was consensus on the need for an easier way to discover and manage plugins, potentially through a catalog or admin panel.

  6. Frontend Study Group and Knowledge Sharing:

    • The idea of creating a Wiki page to document and share examples of plugin slots and their usage was suggested.

    • This would help make community contributions more discoverable and facilitate knowledge sharing.

  7. Automated Communication Engine (ACE):

    • Brief mention of an issue related to notification widgets in the ACE framework.

    • The team decided to look further into the issue and explore potential solutions.

Next Steps:

  • Brian Smith to continue exploring the backporting of the footer slot to Redwood.

  • Adolfo Brandes to follow up on the potential integration of the front-end plugin framework into the front-end platform.

  • Fox Piacenti to address the immediate need for new X blocks development while keeping an eye on longer-term solutions.

  • Team to consider creating a Wiki page for documenting plugin slots and examples.

  • Further investigation into the ACE issue and potential impacts on current projects.

 Action items