When you work with technology every day, it's easy to take for granted the constant influx of new ideas, tools, and approaches that improve the craft of software development. I'm reminded of this each time I encounter an outdated user interface that frustrates me with its sluggishness or inflexibility.
A product screen built in Swing, for example, might look something like this:
While the same screen built with React could be designed as:
The React UI is more minimal, organized, and aesthetically pleasing. It has custom styling and layouts that better suit the business needs.
This realization made me reflect on design principles like MORPH - which stands for Minimal, Open, Responsive, Harmonious, and Purposeful - that aim to produce user interfaces with those very qualities.
I couldn't help but wonder: if research into creating better user experiences has resulted in products like React, why aren't those techniques being applied more widely? What's the point of all this progress if we don't use it to improve the tools people rely on every day meaningfully?
As software developers, we have a responsibility to constantly challenge ourselves and push the boundaries of what's possible through code. When we see an outdated or sluggish interface, our first thought should be: how could this be redesigned to delight users truly?
Well, there are types of POS systems per the business size, but where I work, it is neither a large nor small business. They use Tablet POS System and have to pay $69-$150 per month; they are not cloud-synced as, well. And, Approx 20-30 million POS are in use worldwide.
Incremental improvements are how technologies advance. By critiquing the tools we use and exploring better alternatives, we can help drive the field forward.
Flexibility: A more flexible and extensible component model.
Customisability: The ability to fully style and tailor components to match any design.
Responsiveness: Easier implementation of responsive and adaptive layouts.
Design: Resulting in interfaces that are modern, sleek, and customized to suit users' needs.
A future-proof UI
A component-based architecture that scales
A superior user experience