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Webflow Design Language - How Webflow works under the hood.

Learn how Webflow's Design Language simplifies coding by enabling visual development without losing the flexibility and power of traditional code.

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In this article, Merrick Christensen (Principal Software Engineer at Webflow) shares a first look at the new Webflow Design Language.

As users, it's our first look at the underlying framework that powers Webflow's design-focused programming language.

Webflow Design Language serves as the foundation for how Webflow abstracts key elements of the modern web development process into a visual canvas.

The article draws parallels between established development processes and how they occur in Webflow to help technical users understand how our favorite no-code platform works below the surface.

If you've ever wanted a deeper technical understanding of how Webflow actually works and how they are thinking about the technology as it relates to established best practices, this is a good place to start.

Key Takeaways:

  • Webflow is building a visual-first programming language for web development.
  • WFDL delivers an immediate feedback loop for live editing and debugging.
  • Supports creation of reusable components with properties and types.
  • Pure functional nature ensures efficient incremental reevaluation.
  • Seamless integration with Webflow's CMS and other features.
Webflow Design Language - How Webflow works under the hood.
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