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Designing a future-proof UI

Applicable to Theme UI-Kit applications

Careful design can help you save considerable development effort during regular maintenance and future updates of your application. Pega Platform offers a number of ready-to-use tools for building an adaptive, robust UI that responds well to change.

The design tools that are included with Pega Platform help you build a future-proof UI, and either provide you with low-effort, ready-to-use components, or indicate which components of your existing UI might be process-heavy. As a general rule, interfaces built without custom, purpose-made elements require the least amount of effort to maintain or update, and take the least time to complete.

The following table lists the tools that you can use to minimize maintenance effort.

Tool Description
App Studio App Studio is a low-code development environment that helps you design and build your application UI using prefabricated components.
Design templates Design templates separate presentation from data in an application by providing a reusable blueprint for the UI. You can use design templates for layouts, or to embed sections in which you add user interface elements and controls.
Client-side templates landing page The client-side templates page lists UI elements that cannot be rendered with client-side templates. Server-side templates have lower performance, and require higher data transfer.
Preflight optimization landing page Preflight optimization helps you reduce unnecessary static content in an application, and improve UI load times.
UI issues landing page For existing applications, the UI issues landing page helps you track high-maintenance UI elements, and learn how to convert them to more modern, and efficient rendering.
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