The J in JAMstack Does Not Stand for React (or Angular, Vue, Svelte, etc.)

Once upon a time, I was asked to present the best static site generators for JavaScript developers. I painstakingly went through each of the available options at the time and then got to the end where I revealed which one I recommended. The answer: none of them. Compared to the other options at the time (Jekyll, Hugo, Middleman), they were slow, less full-featured and lacking in much of an existing ecosystem (or documentation). …

Is JAMstack All Branding and Little Substance?

Last week, when asked for to share a contrarian position, Nicole Sullivan posted something that drew a lot of people’s attention: JAMStack is 99.9% branding and .1% substance. 😳😆 https://t.co/nxoEVQ43oE— Nicole Sullivan (@stubbornella) February 9, 2020 Needless to say, the people who love to hate JAMstack loved it and the rest of us (who love to love JAMstack I suppose) were more than a bit put off. The thing is, Nicole is not wrong. The JAMstack term was, in fact, all about branding. It was created by the folks at Netlify in 2016 as a way of rebranding what, until...…

Thoughts on the State of JS Survey

The latest State of JS survey results are out. As always, survey results need to be taken with a grain of salt. There is always a bit of selection bias involved in these sorts of surveys whereby certain groups tend to be far more likely to respond. These concerns are somewhat reinforced by the survey’s own reporting wherein almost 70% of respondents came from 3 sources. …

Why I am Excited to Join Stackbit!

I have been passionate about what we now call the JAMStack since about 2014 - back then it was more like the MStack to be honest. I started out building sites with Jekyll and then Hugo and then tried out a long list of other similar tools. The benefits for sites were obvious - faster and more secure pages being the biggest. …

Saying Goodbye to Telerik and Progress

I met Burke Holland at the first ever O’Reilly Fluent conference in San Francisco. He worked for a Bulgarian company named Telerik and saw me speak at a pre-conference session about Adobe’s new open web focus (those were the days). We hit it off quickly - on my part, I invited him to write for the Adobe Developer Connection and he invited me to speak at DevReach in Sofia, Bulgaria (I clearly got the better end of the deal). …

The Evolution of Web Content Management

If we built this city on rock an’ roll (and my sources on this are as incontrovertible as Starship and Mannequin 2: On The Move), then we built this web on content. HTML was one of the foundational technologies behind the web from day one and it is essentially a means of formatting documents to be served on the internet. Documents, of course, are of no more value than the content they contain. …