14: Web Components Interop and Polymer

Today, Web Components have emerged from cutting edge technologies to technologies we can implement in our small scale production. It won’t be long before we are building large scale applications with Custom Elements, HTML Imports, Template Tags, and the infamous Shadow DOM. In embracing this type of developer environment, with it’s flexibility and compositional nature, consider interoperabilty as a core concept.


If you need a custom element for a card layout, as an example, you should be able to use any Web Component out there in the ecosystem regardless of which library or toolchain it comes from. If the component provides the desired functionality and styling you would require it should work seamlessly in your application. Furthermore, toolsets should not limit the the extending and composition of these custom elements. In practice, this may or may not always be the case and library & toolchain creators will need to be aware of these concerns.


Rob Dodson (@rob_dodson), Developer Advocate on the Google Chrome team, talks about his thoughts on the subject. Rob is helping to educate developers, not just about Google’s Polymer Library built on top of Web Components, but across the entire Web Components community.


Rob goes through many of the changes made to Polymer 0.4.2, including accessibility and performance that help in making applications more integrated and how Google is working to share what the Blink Team has learned from implementing Web Components in Chrome with other browser vendors and developers.


Working closely with Mozilla developers on his SFHTML 5 Meetup talk on Web Components Mashups, Rob was able to collaborate and share ideas so that Web Components could alleviate many of the concerns we had when migrating from one JavaScript library to another. It is painful for developers to have to remake components every time they switch libraries or frameworks. Web Components aims to make that a thing of the past and Rob has done much more on this topic since that talk. Have a listen and hear what he has to say.


Rob’s Blog - http://robdodson.me/

I/O Presentation - http://webcomponents.org/presentations/unlock-the-next-era-of-ui-development-with-polymer-at-io/

Accessible Web Components Part 1 -https://www.polymer-project.org/articles/accessible-web-components.html

SFHTML Mashup Video -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75EuHl6CSTo

The Web Platform Status for IE - https://status.modern.ie/

IE Beta Channel - http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=43360

Polytechnic Events - http://itshackademic.com/

Polycast Playlist - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOU2XLYxmsII5c3Mgw6fNYCzaWrsM3sMN

Custom Elements on GitHub - https://twitter.com/polymer/status/464103568392200193

IE Platform Voting -https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/257854-internet-explorer-platform

customelements.io - http://customelements.io/

Webcomponents.org -http://webcomponents.org/

Bosonic Shadow DOM Issue (#4) - https://github.com/bosonic/bosonic/issues/4

The Bower Package Manager - http://bower.io/

Divshot - http://divshot.io

Divshot Blog - https://divshot.com/blog/

BuiltWithPolymer - http://builtwithpolymer.org/

Divshot’s Web Component Playground - https://ele.io/

Angular 2 Web Components Data Binding Document - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kpuR512G1b0D8egl9245OHaG0cFh0ST0ekhD_g8sxtI/edit?hl=en&forcehl=1&pli=1#heading=h.xgjl2srtytjt

ReadTheSource - http://hangouts.readthesource.io/hangouts/divshot-superstatic/

RailsCasts -http://railscasts.com/

PhantomJS -https://github.com/ariya/phantomjs/wiki/PhantomJS-2

saucelabs -https://saucelabs.com/


Alex Russel -https://twitter.com/slightlylate

Alice Boxhall -https://twitter.com/sundress

Raphael Rugeron - https://twitter.com/goldoraf

Jonathon Sampson  -https://twitter.com/jonathansampson

Arron Schaar - https://github.com/pennyfx

Michael Bleigh - https://twitter.com/mbleigh

Scott Corgan - https://twitter.com/scottcorgan


Reactive Elements -https://github.com/PixelsCommander/ReactiveElements

X-Tags Imports - https://github.com/x-tag/x-tag-imports

Enyo -http://enyojs.com/

React.js -http://facebook.github.io/react/

Famo.us -http://famo.us/

Chromium Blink -http://www.chromium.org/blink

Polymer 0.4.2 -https://github.com/Polymer/polymer/releases/tag/0.4.2

Brick 2.0 -http://brick.mozilla.io/

X-Tags -http://www.x-tags.org/

Polymer -https://www.polymer-project.org/

Bosonic -https://bosonic.github.io/

Vulcanize - https://github.com/polymer/vulcanize

generator-element -https://github.com/webcomponents/generator-element

Firefox OS - https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/os/

web-component-tester -https://github.com/Polymer/web-component-tester

Topeka -https://github.com/polymer/topeka

Jquery UI -http://jqueryui.com/


core-a11ykeys -https://github.com/Polymer/core-a11y-keys

core-list -https://github.com/Polymer/core-list

core-animated-pages -https://github.com/Polymer/core-animated-pages

Brick Components -http://brick.mozilla.io/v2.0/docs

WinJS Polymer Samples -https://github.com/banguero/winjs-polymer-samples

core-ajax - https://github.com/polymer/core-ajax

google-map - https://github.com/GoogleWebComponents/google-map

core-shared-lib - https://github.com/Polymer/core-shared-lib

google-apis - https://github.com/GoogleWebComponents/google-apis

core-selector - https://github.com/polymer/core-selector

paper-menu-button - https://github.com/Polymer/paper-menu-button

paper-tabs - https://github.com/Polymer/paper-tabs

paper-elements - https://www.polymer-project.org/docs/elements/paper-elements.html

core-signals -https://github.com/Polymer/core-signals

Direct download: episode-14_web-components-interop-and-polymer.mp3
Category:web-components -- posted at: 11:44am EST

  • As far as building for mobile first it really depends but I recommend polymer 1.0 if you are into Web Components.

    posted by: Erik Isaksen on 2015-06-05 14:37:56

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