There are many advantages that come from using stories, or live examples, in your component development process. Some of them are:
- You're forced to write components in isolation (considered good practice and is necessary for your components to be displayed as stories)
- You're given a platform to display your components in all their different states. This makes sharing your components with teammates or designers easier.
- Additional data is automaticaly extracted from your components and displayed in the story, creating a cohesive story of what your component does, its status, and its development history.
One of the ways component-controls differentiates itself from other story-creating libraries is in the amount of data we extract from a component, thus creating a more detailed story of it.
Our most recent update adds two additional sections to the story page, each containing additional data about the component:
- First, a small section at the top of the story displays some "stats" about the component such as the number of source lines, comment coverage, and number of TODOs.
- Second, we've added a
Commitstable, showing the git commit history of the component.
Here is an example story, where you can see now these two new sections. Additionally, we've added examples of these two sections below.
Keep in mind these stats are specific to the component file, NOT the story file where you document that component.
This stats section is found on the top right of a story. It shows:
- The number of source code lines (i.e. non-comment/empty lines) in the component's file
- The comment coverage for that file (calculated as # comment lines / # code lines)
- The number of "TODOs" in the file, if any
While the number of source-lines and comment coverage are nice to know, having the number of TODOs gives developers a deeper understanding of their components' statuses.
Commitssection contains a table where:
- Each row is a git commit
- The columns are the commit date, commit author, and the commit message
One helpful thing about knowing those who's worked on a component, when they worked on it, and what they did, is that the time it takes for you to find who you should ask your component-related questions to is reduced.
By the way, the commit icon, , at the end of each commit message links to that exact commit on Github. Try clicking one of the 's in the table above to view that commit on Github.
Let us know what other component data you'd like to see on its story page!