What's So Great About

           atsby

Aaron Carlino

15 October 2019

THE SWARM

THE HEARD-OF-ITS

THE CV ITEMS

THE IMPACTFUL

The Fanboy Funnel

Laurie Voss

Founder, NPM

  • Serves 11 million developers
  • 6 billion package downloads per week
  • 97% of app code is sourced from NPM
  • Creates more data than it provides

Trinidad and Tobago

1996: Trinidad gets the internet

Simplicity is a core value of web technology.

Technological gravity

HTML 3.0

HTML 5

Framesets

Shockwave

Applets

Flash

Web 2.0

jQuery UI

React/Vue

2005

1995

2015

Today

"OMG I can do a website using just HTML and CSS"

Gatsby is a static site generator for React.

Server rendered static assets, hydrated to a SPA.

Compiled to static

  • Performance
  • Security
  • Low cost

Then it's dynamic

  • User-generated content
  • Real time data
  • Authenticated / private content
  • Declarative behaviours

The best of both worlds...

"What parts of the app need to be dynamic?"

Bring your own data

Guiding principles

1. The App Tuple

HTML

CSS

DATA

+

+

APP

=

(behaviour)

  • HTML (Structure)
  • CSS (Style)
  • Data (Contents)

HTML

DATA

DATA

DATA

CSS

2. The source of your data is just an organisational detail.

3. It's done when you start.

Build

"The right thing is the easy thing."

  • Code splitting

  • Background pre-fetching

  • Image optimisation

  • Lazy loading

Performance

"It's yours to stuff up."

  • 100% score on Lighthouse / webpagetest.org
  • Service worker

Gatsby OOTB

4. Awesome dev experience

  • Just React, GraphQL and your favourite CSS library
  • Never worry about builds. Abstracted away.
  • Less than 5% of Gatsby projects ever touch the build

5. Invest in the community

Gatsby  ❤️ contributors

  • Any commit gets free swag.
  • Any five commits gets premium swag
  • Buy swag at cost. Worldwide shipping free.
  • Docs are streamlined to onboard first-time contributors
  • Over 1,300 plugins
  • Relatively active Discord chat room (no Slack)

What's it like to use Gatsby?

$ gatsby new my-project
cd my-project
gatsby develop

<gatsby-starter-default>

http://localhost:8000

http://localhost:8000/__graphql

Adding data sources

$ yarn add gatsby-source-rss-feed
    {
    	resolve: `gatsby-source-rss-feed`,
    	options: {
    		url: `https://silverstripe.org/blog/rss`,
    		name: `SilverStripeBlog`
    	}
    }
$ gatsby develop

Creating pages

What does this mean for Silverstripe?

docs.silverstripe.org

silverstripe/silverstripe-gatsby

Gatsby source plugin that sources from a site with silverstripe-gatsby installed

gatsby-source-silverstripe

Silverstripe CMS module that exposes all your DataObjects to Gatsby

silverstripe-gatsby-helpers

Lightweight npm package that provides utility functions for working with the Silverstripe CMS source, such as `buildSiteTree()`, `useMenu(1)`

What's next

  • Currently no solution for draft content, but possible.
  • No incremental builds. (Long builds for large sites)
  • Content blocks
  • Token-based authentication for sourcing draft content
  • Form submissions
  • Tutorials
  • Convert more SS sites to Gatsby (ss.org?)
  • CMS Netlify module for user instantiated builds

Get amongst!

  • github.com/silverstripe/silverstripe-gatsby
  • github.com/unclecheese/silverstripe-gatsby-helpers
  • github.com/silverstripe/gatsby-source-silverstripe
  • Full project: github.com/unclecheese/gatsby-poc/projects
  • Today: JS Guild.

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