Adobe Commerce development has historically been done using the same repository as the main application. This is called in-process. This technique is very good and offers the developer an expected mechanism for extending the application. However, this comes at a price. Every time you add new code to the codebase it has to be compatible with any upgrades. You also have to be compatile with the servers PHP version as well as many other server applications and services that commerce will utilize. Adobe Developer App Builder takes the same requirement of extending the functionality but moves it off site. The code and logic are completely external and this method is refered to as out-of-process.
Adobe Developer App Builder provides an extensibility framework for developers to extend Adobe Commerce to provide out-of-process extensibility.
App Builder provides a unified third-party extensibility framework for integrating and creating custom applications that extend Adobe Commerce. Since this extensibility framework is built on Adobe’s infrastructure, developers can build custom microservices, as well as extend and integrate Adobe Commerce across Adobe solutions and other third-party integrations.
App Builder provides a way for customers to extend Adobe Commerce in various use cases:
App Builder (previously known as Project Firefly) is a cloud-based solution, which means that it automatically scales. This service is also globally distributed to allow the best performance regardless of your geographic location.
Since Adobe Commerce is not a fully SAAS, the code you develop or install can add complexity and upgrade issues. By using out-of-process extensibility, such as App builder, you can provide custom, unique functionality to your Adobe Commerce store without requiring in-process methods.
Other benefits include:
Instead of an out-of-the-box solution, Adobe Developer App Builder provides a common, consistent, and standardized development platform for extending Adobe Cloud solutions such as Adobe Commerce including:
The following diagram illustrates how a standard application built on App Builder uses these functionalities:
For more details about the App Builder architecture, see the Architecture Overview.
To help you get started with App Builder, Adobe has created the following documentation:
App Builder provides videos and documentation for developers, including guides and reference documentation to help develop your own custom applications:
Ready to start developing? The following link contains sample applications to help get you started:
For developer support requests, use the Experience League forum for assistance.