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    Sencha User bclinton's Avatar
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    Default Does Architect do anything well?

    I've been using Sencha Architect for around 8 months now after developing with Ext JS for years without it. I'd like to present a document explaining the pros and cons of sticking with Architect versus moving off it and using a standard editor like VS Code, Sublime, VIM, etc.

    The problem is that I'd like to present both sides of the argument and while I can think of plenty of reasons to stop using Sencha Architect, I can't think of any reason to actually use it.

    Are there any experienced Sencha devs out there that have developed both with and without Architect that see any advantages to using Architect? Is there anyone out there that has experience developing with and without Architect that would actually choose to use Architect?

    My experience has been that Architect is complete crap, a time waster and an endless source of frustration. While I can understand how it might possibly help a novice Sencha developer understand layouts/components, I can't imagine a scenario where an experienced developer would choose to use it over a good code editor.

    If you have a different opinion or experience, please let me know.

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    Sencha Premium User dawesi's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by bclinton View Post
    If you have a different opinion or experience, please let me know.
    I'm a big fan of architect. Architect does plenty well, but it it's own way.

    There are plenty of dev shops using Architect for their apps. Like any editor it has it's pros and cons.

    If you are used to a text editor (purely) then SA will be frustrating as you don't have the flexibility you have with coding.

    With VS Code extension now, I've personally moved from SA to that. I generate my prototype in Architect, then push across to VSCode as I know SA well and it's quick to build basic structures up quickly.
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    I think it depends on what kind of application you are developing. If it is something simple then SA wouldn't be worth using. For a large project it is essential, at least for us. I started with ExtJS version 3, pre SA or Designer as it was originally known. I cannot imagine going back to those days.

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