High five to Netlify for the ❥ sponsorship. Netlify is a great place to host your static (or not-so-static!) website because of the great speed, DX, pricing, and feature set. I’ve thought of Netlify a bunch of times just in the past week or so, because either they release something cool, or someone else is writing about it.
- Tapas Adhikary wrote “How to debug Netlify serverless lambda functions using VS Code.” Netlify Functions are amazing, but yes, you need a local development story for them. Don’t forget that Netlify Dev (the CLI…
netlify dev) will run the whole Netlify platform, including the functions.
- Speaking of Netlify Functions, they just made them zero-config.
- Nishant Choudhary wrote “CircleCI Vs. GitLab: Choosing The Right CI/CD Tool” which was a nice little dive into those, but it also made me think about how Netlify is CI/CD. They run your build process (and if it succeeds, deploys). It’s not just that you can tap into that and have your build process do more —they encourage it by offering build plugins. Use pre-existing ones, or write your own.
- Building a Jamstack site (your only option on Netlify!) requires a certain mindset, as Brian Rinaldi puts it in “Thinking in Jamstack.”
- One of the reasons Next.js is so cool is that it prebuild your content pages, but can also leave some of it to be server-side rendered as well, if it needs to be. How does that work on Netlify? A build plugin, of course.
- Looking into the landscape of static site generators? Bejamas has a pretty darn in-depth guide that covers and compares some of the most popular ones.