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Jamstacked Issue 74

Thoughts on Netlify acquiring Gatsby

Published: Feb 9, 2023

Your update on all things Jamstack

#​74 — February 9, 2023
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I did not see that coming, though in retrospect it makes a lot of sense. The "that" I'm referring to is the big news last week that Netlify was acquiring Gatsby. I go into a lot more detail in my blog post linked below, but the tldr; for folks who use the Gatsby framework is that I personally think this puts it on a stronger footing for the long term (i.e. you don't need to rewrite your apps).

Brian Rinaldi

↘︎ What's good

Netlify Acquires Gatsby, Its Struggling Jamstack Competitor
While you can also read the official press release, this article adds a lot of insight into Netlify’s motivations and vision for acquiring Gatsby via an interview with Netlify CEO Matt Biilmann.

Richard MacManus

What Netlify's Acquisition of Gatsby Really Means
There’s been a ton of speculation about why Netlify acquired Gatsby, even though I think the motivations were pretty well laid out in the above article. I dig deeper into the different pieces that made up Gatsby the company and what each may mean within Netlify, as well as the future of the Gatsby framework.

Brian Rinaldi

Speed for Who?
A short tweet by Guillermo Rauch, founder of Vercel, caused some visceral reactions from some corners of the community, as represented here by Andy Bell, and a backlash against frameworks’ (over?) emphasis on developer experience.

Andy Bell

How to Add Client-Side Search with PageFind to your Astro Blog Static Website
PageFind is a library for client-side search and this tutorial goes over the steps to enable it within an Astro project. Prefer Eleventy? This other tutorial by Robb Knight shows how to do the same in Eleventy.

Liran Tal

✂︎ Tools, Resources & More...

  • TheJam.dev 2023 Session Recordings – All of the individual sessions from this year's TheJam.dev have already been posted to this playlist.
  • Eleventy 2.0 – This release drastically reduces the dependencies and build time. Plus plugins like WebC and serverless are no longer experimental.
  • Microfeed – A free lightweight CMS that is hosted on Cloudflare using a combination of Pages, D1 and R2.
  • Eleventy Notes – A documentation template for Eleventy that is designed for publishing personal notes or small documentation projects.
  • Netlify deployment error Fix – If you encounter the Treating warnings as errors because process.env.CI=true error, this will help you bypass it.


Caching Data in SvelteKit
An introduction to adding basic caching (and cache invalidation) using web platform features to a SvelteKit app that caches search results for 60 seconds.

Adam Rackis

Understanding App Directory Architecture In Next.js
A detailed overview of the new (and still technically experimental) app directory and how it is used to enable React Server Components.

Atila Fassina

On Vercel: If Some of My Sites Are Down…
Remy shares how his personal account on Vercel was blocked because of “fair usage”, noting that he couldn't upgrade to a paid account to prevent his sites from being temporarily disabled. This post explains what happened.

Remy Sharp

Best Practices to Increase the Speed for Next.js Apps
Some tips for improving the performance of a Next.js application.

Imran Alam

Thanks for reading. — Brian