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Jamstacked Issue 92

Netlify announcements aplenty

Published: Nov 2, 2023

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#​92 — November 2, 2023
✦ web version

October finished in a flurry with major release announcements from Netlify and Vercel at their respective events (Compose and Next.js Conference). Honestly, there was so much stuff to cover that I, unfortunately, had to make some tough decisions on what to include in this issue, so let's get right to it.

Brian Rinaldi

↘︎ What's Good

Introducing the Netlify Composable Web Platform
At their Compose conference, Netlify announced the new Composable Web Platform which is comprised of Connect (the data unification layer that started as Gatsby’s Valhalla), Netlify Core (the classic Netlify deployment platform and tools) and Netlify Create (the visual editing environment that started as Stackbit). The New Stack chatted with Matt Biilmann about the release.


Next.js 14
As Tyler at UI.dev noted, Next 14 caused a lot of controversy over relatively small changes. This mostly surrounded Server Actions being declared stable, though they are based on a React Canary feature. This version also includes a preview of Partial Prerendering that generates a static shell based on React suspense boundaries and dynamically renders the rest. Again, The New Stack has a good rundown of the changes.


Why I Won't Use Next.js
Kent explains in detail why he has chosen Remix over Next.js. The reasoning is more nuanced than the title might imply, but largely seems to focus around Remix relying more on the web platform and not being as closely aligned with a commercial platform. (Yes, he does acknowledge that he once worked for Remix.) Lee Robinson, VP of Developer Experience at Vercel, wrote a response.

Kent C. Dodds

✂︎ Tools, Resources & More...

  • Astro 3.4: Page Partials – Page partials allow you to render a page without things like the doctype and head elements, which makes it easier to use with frameworks like HTMX.
  • Multiplicity – A simple starter project for an RSS aggregator using Eleventy.
  • Kinsta Static Site Hosting – A new offering for static site hosting that is free.

✨ More Netlify Releases
Netlify released a ton of new features including:


A Deep Dive into Deno and Its Comparison with Node.js
Deno and Node are competing JavaScript runtimes but it’s not always clear what the key differences are. This deep dive into Deno can give some clarity.

Marvel Ken-Anele

Building a Generic RSS Parser Service with Cloudflare Workers
Ray walks through various iterations and improvements in trying to build an RSS parser that can work in the Cloudflare Workers environment.

Raymond Camden

Migrating from Hugo to Eleventy (11ty)
This walk through of the steps that it took to migrate a blog from Eleventy to Hugo isn’t a tutorial exactly but could be useful for anyone considering the move.

Christian Engel

Thanks for reading. — Brian