How We Test Storybook Itself

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Storybook is a complex OSS project, integrating with a wide range of stacks, and used in various ways by millions of devs. What's it like maintaining a project like that? How do we ensure it doesn't break?

Norbert de Langen
Norbert de Langen
30 min
07 Dec, 2023

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This Talk discusses the use of TypeScript and Storybook in software development. It covers the premise of components and the complexity of testing Storybook. The setup process for Next.js and Storybook is explained, along with the testing workflow and CI integration. The Talk also touches on caching, bug reports, and the release process. Documentation management and improving test run time are discussed, as well as testing feature flags and mobile usage.

Available in Español: Cómo probamos Storybook en sí

1. Introduction to TypeScript and Storybook

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We're going to talk about how you can use TypeScript to write JavaScript with TypeScript. This one is more of a case study. Storybook is a tool that you can use to build better components. Because the core principle of Storybook is that you can work on them in isolation. You can catalog all of those components and all of their states, all of the variances. And you can very importantly test them. Storybook is quite popular, which is very humbling for me. But oftentimes, you kind of learn how code runs and how it works by how it's used.

We're going to talk about how you can use TypeScript to write JavaScript with TypeScript. We'll talk about how you can use TypeScript to write JavaScript with TypeScript. We'll talk about how you can use TypeScript to write JavaScript with TypeScript. We'll talk about how you can use TypeScript to write JavaScript with TypeScript. We'll talk about how you can use TypeScript to write JavaScript with TypeScript.

Not perfect. And this is kind of a talk of a type that I've never given before. So before, I always gave a talk about, oh, you should do this new thing right now. This one is more of a case study. And so there's a lot of interesting bits for me. I hope they're interesting for you as well.

I'm from the Netherlands. And as introduced, I work for a company called Chromatic. But my full-time job is maintaining Storybook. So I have to get this out of the way before I can talk about what makes Storybook internals tick and work.

What is Storybook? Storybook is a tool that you can use to build better components. Because the core principle of Storybook is that you can work on them in isolation. Instead of working on your components top to bottom, you can basically start working on any component first. You can catalog all of those components and all of their states, all of the variances. And you can very importantly test them. That is what this conference is all about, right? And then you definitely want to share those components with your stakeholders. Storybook is quite popular, which is very humbling for me. All of these companies are using Storybook. And the reason is that at some point when you're building applications, you might start with some easy components. And everything feels super easy. But at some point, you reach a level of components that is just complex. I've seen components of like 5,000 lines of code. And everything is contained within the file. Like if you were to understand all of it, you could. But oftentimes, you kind of learn how code runs and how it works by how it's used.

2. The Premise of Components and Storybook

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The premise of components is that you can use them all over. Storybook brings together different edge cases and allows you to visualize them. These edge cases can be combinatorial, combining various states and languages.

The premise of components is that you can use them all over. So if a component that is complex has all of these different variances and variations across the application, well, you're not going to look all across the application and search for all of those use cases. So that's really what Storybook is about. It's bringing all of those different weird edge cases that you might not even encounter in your app normally and bring them together so that you can visualize them there.

Often overlooked is that these weird edge cases can actually be combinatorial. So a loading state and a non-authenticated state and a different language can all coalesce together.

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