We've partnered up with Vinai Kopp and built an open-source Admin Grid replacement for Magento 2.
Most credit goes to Vinai. If you appreciate his work, please consider sponsoring Vinai on Github.
Hyvä Admin is available for free at https://github.com/hyva-themes/magento2-hyva-admin
Technical documentation can be found at https://github.com/hyva-themes/magento2-hyva-admin/tree/main/doc
About / Hyvä Admin
Hyvä Admin aims to make creating grids and forms in the Magento 2 adminhtml area joyful and fast.
It does not use any UI components.
They came round the corner, and there was Eeyore's house, looking as comfy as anything.
"There you are," said Piglet.
"Inside as well as outside," said Pooh proudly.
Eeyore went inside . . . and came out again.
"It's a remarkable thing," he said. "It is my house, and I built it where I said I did, so the wind must have blown it here. And the wind blew it right over the wood, and blew it down here, and here it is as good as ever. In fact, better in places."
"Much better," said Pooh and Piglet together.
"It just shows what can be done by taking a little trouble," said Eeyore. "Do you see, Pooh? Do you see, Piglet? Brains first and then Hard Work. Look at it! That's the way to build a house," said Eeyore proudly.
— Alan Alexander Miln, "The house at Pooh Corner"
Hyva_Admin is a Magento 2 module that offers a new way to create admin grids.
All existing grids and forms are not affected. They remain unchanged.
Hyva_Admin exists to improve the developer experience while creating new grids.
In future, Hyva_Admin will support creating forms, too.
When using the Magento 2 UI Components to create admin grids and forms, I always felt like I was dying a bit inside. From my point of view it's an awful system for a number of reasons that I don't want to go into more details about here. Alternative store fronts that do not use UI components (PWA Studio, Hyva Themes) are great for frontend developers, but (un?)fortunately I mostly do backend work. The UI interfaces I create are mostly for store owners and admins.
I desire a way to do my job (which includes building grids and forms) that doesn't feel like I have to fight the framework.
I want to feel empowered and get work done quickly and efficiently. After years of bitching about Magento, I was very impressed by the work Willem Wigman has done with the Hyvä frontend theme. He inspired me to stop complaining and also take matters into my own hands, and finally build the tools I desire. Hence, Hyva_Admin.
— Vinai Kopp