Here at RapidWeaver Central we’ve been getting all hot and steamy, down and dirty over Lucas’s UIKit 3 For RapidWeaver.
Lucas, of course, has been around a long time — in the guise of Archetypon and Weavers Kingdom — developing beautifully minimalistic themes for photographers and creatives, as well as a number of very cool stacks.
But it’s his latest and most adventurous project — UIKit 3 — that’s beginning to garner the attention and recognition it seriously deserves.
And of course it’s all Steve B’s fault — at least here on the forum where he’s reknown for his diplomacy and understated discourse — because with a slackwater schedule and the need to find a framework that would speed up his design process, he selflessly volunteered to scout the potential of UIKit 3 on our behalf. And with no thought for his own safety, Steve set out to explore what has lately become a myth of legendary proportions… but more on Tav’s sex-life later. What Steve discovered about UIKit 3, blew him away.
Unfortunately, not far enough. He returned to the forum with excited reports of strange sightings and wild encounters with exotic artefacts that we mere mortals simply could not believe.
So Many Questions
Tuesday, in search of answers, we invited Lucas to come along to our Workshop East session to give a presentation of his UIKit 3. He was gracious and he obliged. And two hours later at the end of his ordeal — by which time our ravenous pack of regular attendees had run out of questions — he was exhausted.
But here’s the thing that impressed us most: every time we asked him, ‘Can it do this?’ or ‘Can it do that?’, he’d look at us like we’d just arrived from a rather dim planet and say, ‘Yes. Of course.’
It seemed as though everything we wanted a framework to do, UIKit 3 did.
The Biting of the Bullet
So we bit the bullet and did what no sane developer has done before — we invited Steve B to participate in our Workshop West show the very next day.
Sadly, he did.
And it was another resounding success.
We at RapidWeaver Central are sold. Completely. A couple of us who were determined not to buy another framework, bought another framework.
Personally, I believe there are many reasons why — the sum of all its modular parts being one — but there still remains one incomparable factor that rules them all.
In RapidWeaving terms, the edit-to-preview speed kills productivity. It chips away a million times a day at a weaver’s will to procreate.
Why does a preview take so long? In one word — options.
Smart developers listen to Isaiah (and Tav) and minimise the number of options a stack has to load. Because each option adds to the preview time.
At least, that’s my understanding. It’s very simplistic, so hopefully those who know more will join the discourse and add some more meaningful detail.
In the meantime, though, I have a point to make. Again.
The speed of preview in UIKit 3 kills other frameworks dead.
And that kind of speed doesn’t just kill, it’s addictive, and very hard to live without. Returning to other RapidWeaver frameworks after using UIKit 3 is like voting Brexit or taking two steps back: you can feel your frustration building as previews crawl on shattered knees through the ruins of your zone.
Need More Speed?
If so, then you’ll be interested in the first of Steve B’s UIKitter themes, Skyline, which is guaranteed to get your kit off and speed up your design process.
In fact, if you want to find out more about UIKit 3 and Skyline — as well as qualify for a nice juicy discount — join our ‘show’ next Wednesday when Steve will be giving us all a live run-through.
Time To Shake The Habit
But that’s not all — we’re going to focus on the need for speed for the rest of this month.
On Tuesday 23rd we’re going to welcome Shaking The Habitual’s Stuart Marshall to the show to give us a preview of his own skeletal Source framework, which he’ll also be releasing this month. Top of the list of topics we’ll be discussing? Speed.
Finally on August 6th we’ll be doing another live session with Lucas where you can meet the developer and get a really comprehensive overview and insight into UIKit 3. There may also be a discount code for attendees, but don’t tell anyone.
Register for Tuesdays here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/1e92a903c10a647166858a512be5123a
Register for Wednesdays here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/a4b89a131841134ddc2040ba88984b7b