Slack on Wednesday released a new toolset that aims to make it easier for developers to create or upgrade the Slack app experience for their end users. The Block Kit toolset includes a UI framework that provides new ways for developers to display information and build app interactivity, along with a prototyping tool that lets developers test app interactions as they’ll appear in Slack. Featured stories Top cloud providers 2019: AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud; IBM makes hybrid move; Salesforce dominates SaaS Why should I pay to move to Windows 10? Tech that stole our heart or broke it Best Presidents’ Day 2019 deals: XPS 13, iPad, Apple Watch, Echo, Samsung TV, and more Slack — which says it now has 10 million daily active users and 85,000 paying customers — said more than 94 percent of its paid teams actively use apps. As such, the workplace collaboration software company said it’s now investing in improving the way apps perform across the Slack platform. According to Slack, Block Kit gives developers new ways to display dense information, as well as more flexibility and control over app message interactivity. The UI framework is comprised of blocks that function like stackable message components, making it easier to control and prioritize the order of information. The kit builder prototyping tool lets developers test app interactions and view the payload to understand and use the code. Block Kit Builder also offers customizable templates that give developers foundational examples for how to use the blocks… [Read full story]
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