One of the core concepts of ALPS is to deliver the most up-to-date version of the pattern library to every website. As we considered this challenge, we quickly realized that if every website kept a local copy of ALPS in their theme folder, updating would become nearly impossible. To get the latest code, each site owner would need to keep their themes updated.
The ALPS CDN
As ALPS develops, we recognize that we will be adding new patterns that we haven’t realized we need yet. (And some of those patterns might come from you!) At the same time we don’t want to break existing patterns, so as you link to the CDN, you will be able to link to files from a specific major version, currently version 2. Down the road, when we start making changes that we think will drastically change your site, such as changing the design, we will create a new version number that you can update your designs to.
Now it’s time for the fun to get started. We can’t wait to see what you build with ALPS! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to post in the issue queue or join our Slack channel (#designsystem) on the GAiN Slack account.