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Saving with Serverless 

Side projects are especially awesome when they help you solve a real-life problem. During a recent problem-solving expedition I encountered a roadblock that I’d bet prevents a lot of us developers from finishing our side projects: just because a solution is possible, doesn’t mean it’s …

By Brian Douglas in Guides & Tutorials

Starting with Webpack from scratch

Webpack is a build tool for modern web applications. When Webpack bundles your application, it recursively builds a dependency graph that includes every module your application needs. From this graph it then packages all of those modules into one or more bundles.

By Brian Douglas in Guides & Tutorials

A brief history of build tools

At Netlify we ask our users to leverage build tools so we may assist in the deployment of your project and this post will provide the context of what we actually mean by this. These tools package your project into a bundle that’s ready for deployment. They not only create a …

By Brian Douglas in Tools & Services

What build tools can do for you

There are build tools like webpack, gulp, and browserify, but no one knows how to really use them. The confusion to how these tools work prevents users from doing a deep dive and understanding build tools. I am looking answer the why behind build tools by revealing the key features you can …

By Brian Douglas in Tools & Services

Ep. #22, Static Site Generation With Gatsby.js

In the latest episode of JAMstack Radio Brian invites Kyle Mathews, founder of Gatsby, onto the show to discuss the project. Gatsby is a framework that lets you build entire websites using React.js. Kyle describes what motivated him to build Gatsby and compares Gatsby with Jekyll, …

By Brian Douglas in Tools & Services

Service Workers Explained

Service Workers in the browser are getting a lot of attention lately, but what exactly are they? If you don’t mind I will do my best to answer that question and explain exactly you can do with them in the words to come.

By Brian Douglas in Tools & Services

Ep. #21, Why GitLab chose VueJS

In the latest episode of JAMstack Radio, Brian invites Jacob Schatz and Ben Mischenko. Jacob explains how he went about deciding on a JavaScript framework for GitLab and what drew him to Vue.js. He recalls his first project for evaluating Vue’s scalability and shares his thoughts on Vue’s …

By Brian Douglas in Tools & Services

JAMstack vs Isomorphic Server Side Rendering

The JAMstack runs against all that is Isomorphic JavaScript. It encourages the separation of code between your client and your API while leveraging the use of microservices. At the core, if your site is serving static content, it is exposing your site to fewer vulnerabilities. Sites are …

By Brian Douglas in Opinions & Insights