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    ConvertKit Design

    Welcome to ConvertKit's component library!

    Here, you'll find the source and documentation for our @convertkit/design package on npm. This readme provides more information on our development, review, and release processes.

    🧪 Development process

    To develop in this repo, navigate into its root directory and run:

    yarn start

    This will start a local server at localhost:6060. You'll also receive a URL that you can visit from other devices on your network, which can be helpful for testing your component on phones and tablets.

    To symlink your local copy of convertkit-design to the main app:

    npm link or yarn link

    This will allow you to preview design changes in the main app.

    Working on components

    Components are located under src/components. Each component has a directory structure that (generally) looks like this:

      example-component/            # directory names are all lowercase and use dashes for spaces
          example-component.test.js # tests are included in a __tests__ directory
        index.js                    # contains a default export for the component
        readme.md                   # used for documentation

    If needed, you can also add other files to this directory — for instance, some components might need an assets directory or utility files.

    To preview a component during development, we recommend accessing it via its documentation. To learn more about this part, see "Tips for writing documentation" below.

    Working on hooks

    ConvertKit Design also provides hooks which are located in the src/hooks directory. You can import these into the main app and use them to interact with components from the library.

    Usage example

    For a concrete example, src/hooks/use-toast/index.js provides a useToast() hook as its default export. In the main app, we can import it with:

    import useToast from "@convertkit/design/use-toast"

    Tips for writing documentation

    We use Styleguidist to generate ConvertKit Design's documentation from the readme files located in each component directory.

    • You don't need to import React; it's available at the global scope. However, named imports like useState aren't. For these, it's easier to call things like React.useState.
    • The default export from the directory's index.js file can be accessed in this file without any need to import it.
    • The code snippets in your readme must end in semi-colons for the lines below them to be evaluated.
    • Markdown code snippets accept additional options:
      • Beginning your code snippet with ```jsx noeditor will show only the demo (no code).
      • Beginning your code snippet with ```jsx static will show only the code (no demo).
    • If you add a new Readme.md file for component markdown code snippets, restart the server to view it.

    You can read up on more ways to document with Styleguidist here.

    Adding non-component documentation

    If you want to add documentation for something other than a component, you can use a "route" configuration inside styleguide.config.js. After that, you can add a markdown file to the docs directory.

    Review process

    PR authors

    The component library is used by engineers from every squad and across every part of the app. Because of this, we have a group of volunteer engineers, called "Component Librarians", to help facilitate code reviews.

    To request a review on your PR, you can tag ConvertKit/component-librarians from the "Reviewers" dropdown in GitHub. Several engineers will be randomly assigned to review your changes. You can use your best judgment on how many reviews you need before merging: if you're making a small update, you might only need one review; if you're making a bigger change (like updating an API, layout, or component functionality), a broader consensus should be reached before merging. This reduces the risk of a breaking change for another squad.

    If your PR adjusts a component's design, we also recommend tagging ConvertKit/design as a reviewer, and having at least one designer sign off on the changes.


    If you're reviewing a PR, you can find a live preview of its changes under the "Checks" section at the bottom of the page. Look for the item that says:

    netlify/convertkit-design/deploy-preview — Deploy Preview ready!

    You can click the "Details" link next to it to view a live preview.

    🚀 Release process

    Releasing to prod

    1. Make sure your PR bumps the version number.
    2. Merge your PR. As long as the version number was changed, this will automatically deploy a new version of @convertkit/design to npm. This usually takes a few minutes; you can check its progress in the merge commit's status on GitHub, or refresh the package on npm to watch the "Last publish" date.
    3. In the main app's app/javascript/package.json, find the line that says "@convertkit/design": "...", and change its version number to the version you've just published. Save the file.
    4. In your terminal, run the command yarn to install the package from npm.
    5. Make a PR for the changes to the main app. This ensures that we're always running an up-to-date version of @convertkit/design on main, which helps us catch regressions early, and gives other engineers access to the most recent designs and APIs.

    Releasing to beta

    If you want to test one of your PRs in the main app (or even put up an ephemeral environment for QA or Design), you can follow these instructions to release a beta version of the component library. In order to do this, you'll need to have an npm account and ask #frontend to invite you to the @convertkit organization. Make sure to verify your email address, or publishing will silently fail!

    1. Run yarn release.

    2. A prompt will show you the current version number and ask for the new one. Bump the version and append "-beta". For example:

      info     Current version: 1.0.1
      question New version: # you could enter 1.0.2-beta

      If you're releasing multiple betas for your PR, you can also append a version number such as 1.0.2-beta.2.

      If successful, you'll see a success message in the terminal.

    3. In the main app, update app/javascript/package.json to use your new beta version for @convertkit/design. For example:

      "@convertkit/design": "1.0.2-beta",
    4. In a terminal pointed at the main app, run yarn. This will install the beta you just released to your local dev environment. Once you're ready to release to prod, you can follow the instructions in "Releasing to prod" above.

    📚 Join Component Librarians

    Component Librarians is a volunteer review group which helps facilitate reviews for this repo. Its goal is to make sure that each squad has a voice in changes to our component library, especially around its APIs and documentation. We also want to make sure that our designers are aware of, and in agreement on, the updates we're making. We'd love to have broad representation across all of our squads. If you're interested in joining, please let us know in #frontend on Slack!


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