By Chimezie Enyinnaya
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Web development often involves the use of different development stacks, including the LAMP stack, the MEAN stack, the MERN stack, etc. JAMstack is another stack that offers some unique benefits to developers. This article will discuss those benefits and some general definitions and terms in order to provide an introduction to the JAMstack.
Static websites have been growing recently in use and functionality. No longer a collection of HTML and CSS files, static websites do things like process payments, handle realtime activities, and more. To call these sites “static” undermines and under-describes their functionality. Hence, the term JAMstack.
The term was coined by Mathias Biilmann, co-founder of Netlify.
With the JAMstack, we no longer talk about specific technologies such as operating systems, web servers, backend programming languages, or databases. It’s a new way of building websites and apps that delivers better performance, higher security, lower cost of scaling, and a more streamlined developer experience.
When should you consider using the JAMstack? Some reasons you might consider the JAMstack include:
There are also a growing number of services that integrate dynamic functionality into JAMstack websites, including:
In order to build a project using the JAMstack, it must meet the following criteria:
With those in mind, the following projects are not JAMstack projects:
When building a project with the JAMstack, keep the following best practices in mind:
In this article, you learned about what the JAMstack is and why you might consider it for your next project. You also learned about project requirements for JAMstack sites. For examples of websites and web apps built with the JAMstack, you can also look at these official examples.
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