Sitecore Helix was introduced 2 years ago as a set of architectural principles for Sitecore solutions. Helix acts as a guide for the overall architecture of your Sitecore MVC solution. At its core, Helix solutions should adhere to the following key principles:
- Component (modular) architecture
- Modules should not depend on one another (Controlled Dependencies, Low Coupling)
- Layers (Project => Features => Foundation)
The strict dependency flow (highlighted in the diagram above) allows for a more maintainable solution by controlling dependencies. Which, arguably, is the single biggest goal of Helix. Many of us in the Sitecore community have been developing new solutions this way and found incredible success in the process. I, personally, cannot imagine defining an architecture that isn’t Helix-based for any new project.
What about JSS though? By default, JSS doesn’t adhere to Helix out of the box. One could argue that frontend architecture is a fundamentally different concern than backend architecture. But what if we wanted our JSS architecture to follow Helix principles? During Jeff L’Heureux’s session at Sitecore Symposium, he went through the process he took to restructure the out-of-the-box React JSS sample application to adhere to Helix principles. He did this by organizing the components into Foundation, Feature and Project layers and by adding ESLint validation to ensure that the dependency flow principles are validated (for example, a feature cannot import another feature). The results of Jeff’s work can be found on his repository for JSS app templates.
The easiest way to get started is to create a JSS application from his template:
jss create <appname> <template-name> --repository jflheureux/jss-app-templates
Designing, building, and implementing top-notch experiences not only requires a great deal of planning, strategy, and time – it also requires the right digital experience platform (DXP) and the right development approach for your business needs.
Let me know in the comments if you have any thoughts on how JSS applications should be architected!