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Guide - Intershop Progressive Web App - Customization Guide

Customization Guide

When customizing the PWA, always keep in mind that you probably want to upgrade from time to time and will have to merge incoming changes into your codebase.
We therefore suggest that you do not edit existing files all too much and keep them as intact as possible.
In this document we provide a couple of rules that you should follow.
Generally speaking:

Keep modifications on existing files as minimal as possible!

It can be tempting to always modify existing templates, component and style files inline when doing customization.
However, when merging incoming upgrades the number of merge conflicts can possibly be large.
So if you want to upgrade to new PWA versions later, stick to the following recommendations.

Start Customization

To start customizing, set a prefix for your custom components with the script node schematics/customization/add <prefix>.
After that we recommend to additionally use the prefix in every component to further help identifying customized components.

$ node schematics/customization/add custom
$ ng g c shared/components/basket/custom-basket-display
CREATE src/app/shared/components/basket/custom-basket-display/custom-basket-display.component.ts (275 bytes)

The script also creates an additional theme, see Guide - Multiple Themes.

Import Changes from New Release

Prior to 0.16.1 the entire git history changed completely. Please see Merging 0.16.1 as 2nd upstream repository: "refusing to merge unrelated histories for suggestions on importing the new history.

Importing changes of new releases is done with Git tooling.
If you stick to the guidelines in this chapter, the problems arising in the process of updating will not be as impacting as you might fear.
Also remember to use npm install after importing a change that modified the package-lock.json and run tests and linting in the process.

For importing changes from the current release you can use different approaches:

1. Merge the New Release in Its Entirety

This way your development will not deviate that much from the current PWA development, but you will have to resolve all appearing conflicts at once.

Just add the Intershop PWA GitHub repository as a second remote in your project and git merge the release branch.

2. Cherry-Pick Individual Changes From the New Release

By cherry-picking changes individually you can decide to skip certain changes and you will get smaller amounts of merge conflicts.
However, that way the histories will deviate more and more over time.

To execute this, add the Intershop PWA GitHub repository as a second remote in your project and git cherry-pick the range of commits for this release.

3. Rebase Your Changes Onto the New Release

This way your project code will always be up-to-date with the current Intershop PWA history, as this history remains the base of the project over all releases.

To perform this update, use git rebase --onto <new release tag> <old release hash> on your project's main branch.
Your running feature branches must then be rebased the same way onto the new development branch.

As it may be the best way to keep the original history intact, the upgrade process can be quite challenging.
By rebasing every single one of your customization commits, every commit is virtually re-applied onto the current PWA history.
You can imagine it as pretending to start the custom project anew onto the current version.
If your project's history is clean and every commit is well-described and concise, this might be a way to go.

Specific Concerns


When adding new functionality, it is better to encapsulate it in new components that handle every aspect of the customization and just use them in existing templates.
That way the modifications on existing code are most often kept to a single line change only.

When heavily customizing existing components it is better to copy components and change all references.
If 20 % of the component has to be changed, it is already a good idea to duplicate it.
That way incoming changes will not affect your customizations.
Typical hot-spots where copying is a good idea are header-related or product-detail-page related customizations.

We supply a schematic customized-copy for copying components and replacing all usages.

$ node schematics/customization/add custom
$ ng g customized-copy shared/components/product/product-price
CREATE src/app/shared/components/product/custom-product-price/custom-product-price.component.html (1591 bytes)
CREATE src/app/shared/components/product/custom-product-price/custom-product-price.component.spec.ts (7632 bytes)
CREATE src/app/shared/components/product/custom-product-price/custom-product-price.component.ts (1370 bytes)
UPDATE src/app/shared/shared.module.ts (12676 bytes)
UPDATE src/app/shared/components/product/product-row/product-row.component.html (4110 bytes)
UPDATE src/app/shared/components/product/product-row/product-row.component.spec.ts (5038 bytes)
UPDATE src/app/shared/components/product/product-tile/product-tile.component.html (2140 bytes)
UPDATE src/app/shared/components/product/product-tile/product-tile.component.spec.ts (4223 bytes)

Existing Features

When you want to disable code provided by Intershop, it is better to comment it out instead of deleting it.
This allows Git to merge changes more predictably since original and incoming passages are still similar to each other.
Commenting out should be done in the form of block comments starting a line above and ending in an additional line below the code.
Use <!-- and --> for HTML and /* and */ for SCSS and TypeScript.

Some of the provided components supply configuration parameters which can be used to handle customization in an easy way (i.e. disabling features or switching between them).

New Features

When adding new independent features to the PWA, it might be a good idea to add an extension first.
Use the provided schematics ng g extension <name> to scaffold the extension.
Adding all related pages, components, models and services here is less intrusive than adding them to the existing folder structure.
Add additional artifacts to extensions by supplying the --extension flag to schematics calls.


When adding new fields to PWA data models, add them to interfaces and map them as early as possible in mapper classes to model classes.
That way the data can be readily used on templates.
Improving and parsing improper data too late could lead to more modifications on components and templates which will be harder to upgrade later on.


Adding new data to the state should always almost exclusively be done by adding new stores in store groups.
Add one with ng g store-group <group> and then add consecutive stores with ng g store --feature <group> <store>.
Keep modifications to the existing store as little as possible.
As NgRx is loosely coupled by nature, you can deactivate effects by simply commenting out the @Effect decorator.


When modifying components it is most likely that related test cases will fail.
If possible, use the Jest update feature update snapshots when adapting test cases.
When you upgrade the PWA to a new version, those snapshots will most likely have merge conflicts in them.
Here you can just accept either modification and update the test snapshots.


Changing the styling of existing components should be done by adding overrides in the custom theme folder under src/styles/themes.
You can also change relevant information in the global style files under src/styles.
If too many changes have to be made, it is better to add the styling in additional files on global or component level.

When styling is done on component level, all styling is encapsulated to exactly this component (default behavior).
You can re-use variables from global styling on component level by adding imports like @import '~theme/variables.scss';.


When updating dependencies and resolving conflicts inside of package-lock.json, always accept Intershop's changes first.
After that run npm install to regenerate the file.


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