Feature request from Vinai, posted on GitHub Jul 30, 2016
Whenever I try to use a custom or core UI component the experience is frustrating, time consuming and painful.
It would be great to see the components either made simpler (to use and understand how they work) or to be replaced with something simpler altogether :tada:.
There is so much JS "magic" and conventions and poor documentation I find the developer experience severely lacking. Much of the XML is bonkers to read and write. So much of it seems to be "just do X and it will work" without information on WHY and HOW to debug if something does not work.
The combination of a ton of PHP, XML and JS makes for a very tricky debugging process. It is very hard to properly write tests in small steps. Much of it is "add ALL the required code or NOTHING will work".
Seemingly simply things become bloated tasks.
This applies to any version of Magento 2 from beta up to the latest version on github.
Steps to reproduce
Try to use UI components, either custom ones or core ones, without using extensive copy&paste and actively avoiding the urge to even think the question "Why?".
The system should be simple to use AND understand.
Hours wasted slogging through code and documentation, trying to understand WTF I got wrong and I find myself questioning some of my life choices.