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Modern Web Development on the Jamstack

New Techniques for Ultra Fast Sites and Web Applications by Mathias Biilmann & Phil Hawksworth

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This practical report explains how to run your web projects—from simple sites to complex applications—on the Jamstack, a modern web architecture for deploying fast, secure and highly-scalable sites that don’t require a traditional origin server.

With this report, you’ll explore:

  • Methods for solving web development challenges—from bloated legacy architecture to managing microservices
  • Why the Jamstack’s cleaner architecture eliminates the need to scale sites up front
  • How separating the frontend from your build process makes maintenance easier
  • Best practices for adopting the Jamstack in your organization
  • A case study that examines how Smashing Magazine applied the Jamstack for commerce, authentication and membership, and publishing at scale

About the authors

Matt Biilmann

Matt Biilmann

Matt is the technical cofounder and CEO of Netlify, a platform for modern web development used by hundreds of thousands of developers worldwide. An active participant in open source, Matt has contributed to the following well-known projects: Netlify CMS, Ruby on Rails, JRuby, and Mongoid.
Phil Hawksworth

Phil Hawksworth

Phil is Director of Developer Experience Engineer at Netlify. After more than 20 years of building web applications for companies such as Google, Apple, Nike, and The London Stock Exchange, Phil has worked to challenge traditional technical architectures in favor of simplicity and effectiveness.

Key contributors and reviewers

Chris Bach

Chris Bach

Chris is Co-founder, Chief Strategy and Creative Officer of Netlify. Before Netlify he spent 14 years in the agency world, where he started Denmark’s first hybrid production agency and won many international awards. He stands behind services like headlesscms.org, TestMySite.IO and jamstack.org and is one of the originators of the Jamstack term.
Todd Morey

Todd Morey

Todd is creative director at Netlify, a passionate user of Jamstack technologies, and one of the early investors in the company. He co-founded The Rackspace Cloud and was creative director at the OpenStack Foundation.
Tara Z. Manicsic

Tara Z. Manicsic

Tara is a lifelong student, teacher, and maker. She has spent her career using JavaScript on both back-end and frontend to create applications. A Developer Experience Engineer for Netlify, Google Developer Expert, and international technical speaker, she focuses on conveying the codebase she has learned. In her free time she works in her community to educate and learn from other developers.