August 31st, 2020 / Jayant Raj Singh

What is JAMstack?

What is JAMstack and why should I care?

JAMstack is a modern web-development architecture that contains strictly client-side JavaScript, reusable APIs, and prebuilt markup. With JAMstack, developers can develop apps only using front-end technologies without setting up servers and back-end.
Thanks to recent development of serverless platforms such as firebase, Google Cloud Functions, Amazon Lambda Functions which enables API integrations from front-end itself.

The best thing about JAMstack in my opinion is the that you don't have to pay any initial amount to get started.

Why I like JAMstack so much?

My first interaction to JAMstack I would say was when I was experimenting with Dialogflow. I developed a small chatbot, used Google Cloud Functions as backend, deployed it firebase hosting (all without paying any money).

This website (inspired by brevifolia-gatsby-forestry) you are on (webjayant); Developed using Gatsby, and forestry CMS; deployed on Netlify.

JAMstack gives power to front-end developers to experiment and expand.

JAMstack main features

  1. Performance

    Since the site is build in JavaScript, it gives a major speed advantage when loaded from CDN.

  2. No Back-end Needed

    Not having to manage your own back-end infrastructure saves time, effort, and cost.

  3. Security

    As we are using third party APIs developed by domain experts, security is never a concern

  4. Ease of development

    Using third party services to handle most of the initial setup, it gives us the freedom to focus on more important aspects.

Further reading

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