While all of us at Stackbit have been firm believers in the Jamstack for pretty much as long as it's been a thing, but 2020 is really feeling like the year it goes mainstream! In fact, data from Netlify's recent State of the Jamstack community survey confirm that "Jamstack is seeing a wave of mainstream adoption." Developer communities are increasingly curious about the Jamstack and adopting its various tools as they quickly realize the value of the architecture.
This year has been filled with new tools and new offerings in the Jamstack ecosystem. Our goal at Stackbit is to let you use the tools you choose, so we're always trying to stay on top of the latest trends in the community. In this post, I want to cover some of the recent tools that have been trending in the Jamstack ecosystem.
RedwoodJS is still very new but it definitely occupies a unique place in the ecosystem and is worth keeping an eye on.
Jekyll was originally created around 2008, making it one of the older static site generators still in widespread use. It is still being actively developed (and something we support in our site builder) but some people in the community were clamoring for a major change direction. Instead, Jared White decided to fork Jekyll and make some big changes to how it works.
It'll be interesting to watch Bridgetown to see how it continues to diverge from its Jekyll origins and to see if this is the modern Ruby-based SSG that developers have been waiting for.
Scully's approach differs from other tools in more than just it's use of Angular. It aims to be less opinionated than some of its non-Angular counterparts so that it can be added to existing Angular projects, essentially allowing an Angular SPA to be converted to a a Jamstack application. In addition, it takes a unique approach to rendering by searching your application for static routes and then using Puppeteer to take a snapshot of the application, using Zone.js (a tool built into Angular) to help it determine when the snapshot is complete — even when asynchronous calls are involved. The goal of this, as I understand it, is to deliver predictable rendering results while also enabling interesting features, such as the ability to add breakpoints in the rendering process.
While Angular doesn't seem to get the attention of it's framework counterparts lately, it still has a large community and a strong foothold in the enterprise, and Scully's approach seems geared to take advantage of that.
Azure Static Web Apps
It has been entirely possible to host Jamstack applications on services like Azure and AWS for some time, but without many of the integration and deployment features offered by services like Netlify, Vercel or Render. Last week at the Build online conference, Microsoft announced a new Azure service that begins to address that called App Service Static Web Apps, which is currently in public preview.
More to Come For Sure
Given the growth in adoption of the Jamstack, we're sure to see more tools, services and companies jumping in. We've already worked hard to support a wide range of tools using Stackbit, and, as the ecosystem expands, we'll continue to build tools that help developers bring all the pieces of the Jamstack together. Why not give it a try? There have been a lot of new innovations in the Jamstack ecosystem already in 2020. Let's look at some of the major highlights including new static site generators and new deployment tools.