Last week I had a typo in the “JS Tip” section where I logged the wrong value to the console. It was great talking to the few hundred of you who noticed and emailed me about it 😅. This week’s JS Tip includes the correct code. Sorry about that!
How we got here: GatsbyJS is a React framework for static site generation (SSG) that was created during React’s Paleolithic Era (appx. 2015). It quickly became the default option for spinning up static sites like blogs and e-comm stores, and it leveraged that popularity to build a company that has since raised $47 million in VC. That’s a lot of fancy shirts.
Competition’s been heating up lately with newer players like Next.js/Vercel dipping their toes into the SSG water, so we were excited to check out what Gatsby had up its sleeve for v3.0 — its first major release in over 2 years.
Faster local dev experience — Fast refresh for everything, an error overlay that’s more accessible and reliable, and “only fetching what you need, when you need it” have helped Gatsby 3 make the local dev experience faster by “as much as 70%” in some cases (their words).
Incremental builds — This was flagged as experimental for a while, but now it’s
2 big plugin updates — Gatsby Plugin Image (which powers Gatsby’s well known image handling) was updated to make it easier to use and more performant. There’s also a release candidate for an updated Gatsby Shopify source plugin, which lets you source Shopify data in Gatsby and improve build performance of Shopify sites.
They also introduced new hosting capabilities for Gatsby Cloud, which apparently gives customers “super fast” deploy times. It also gives Gatsby a new monetization angle.
The Bottom Line
No word on if they’ve fixed the plugin system where every plugin is almost what you need but not quite.
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