Why JAMstack is Becoming so Popular

The New Web Stack Based on JavaScript, APIs, and Markup

Luca Spezzano
NotOnlyCSS
Published in
3 min readOct 29, 2019

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Nowadays, the static site generators are becoming very common because they are straightforward to use and they are based on the most modern technologies and JavaScript frameworks like Vue.js or React.

Thanks to static site generators, modern browsers, CDNs, and APIs, we’re now seeing web developers transition from server-side to client-side applications.

With all this, Netlify came out with a new term JAMstack.

So let’s see what the JAMstack is and why it is becoming so popular.

What is JAMstack?

JAMstack is not a technology. Instead, JAMstack is a new way of building websites and apps. It is a modern web development architecture based on client-side and it doesn’t depend on a web server.

A definition that I have read on a blog and I like a lot is

The JAMstack is a static HTML site, rebuilt automatically every time you update the content, and deployed directly to a CDN.

I think that this definition makes better the idea!

JAM stands for JavaScript, APIs, MArkup

JavaScript: any dynamic programming during the request/response cycle is handled by JS, running entirely on the client. This could be any frontend framework or library, or even vanilla JavaScript.

APIs: all server-side processes or database actions are abstracted into reusable APIs, accessed over HTTPS with JavaScript. These can be custom-built or leverage third-party services.

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Luca Spezzano
NotOnlyCSS

Frontend developer focused on CSS architecture of scalable and maintainable large scale projects and the development of amazing user interfaces.