Today, Jamstack is used to more broadly refer to an architectural approach for building websites. Though there are varying opinions on what exactly Jamstack means today, these attributes are present in most sites that claim to be Jamstack sites. With all the fuss and chatter on new frameworks, or the next fad in web development, the one thing that stands out with the Jamstack architecture is the adherence to web standards and the ease of implementation from the frontend developer standpoint for any website or web application.
Many approaches exist for developers. If the project calls for it, the Jamstack architecture allows developers to rely on a static website’s advantages, including enhanced speed, performance, and security benefits, while still retaining the dynamic attributes of a database-oriented CMS without the database.
Static Builds with Dynamic Capabilities
Important build tools (e.g Babel, Browserify, Webpack, etc.) should be used to help speed up the development process. React-based web application libraries exist to expedite the process of configuring your build environments. For this website, we utilize GatsbyJS, but there are others, and more popular such as NextJS.
Frontend Jam Session
The Jamstack philosophy is not about specific technologies. It’s a new way of building websites and apps that delivers better performance, higher security, lower cost of scaling, and a better developer experience overall.