“one more [trend] What’s really, really interesting is the rise of edge computing. This is primarily led by his CloudFlare and Deno.
Edge has traditionally meant Internet of Things technology, but when developers use the term, it tends to mean content delivery networks (CDNs). A CDN is a geographically distributed group of servers that deliver content from locations closest to your users. Also used as a synonym for serverless.
“We try to cache content closer to the user,” Wang explains. “So if I’m in San Francisco and I’m requesting US-East content, I’m actually pinging a local CDN data center instead of paying for US-East.” ‘s CDN service can be small — small enough to fit in a cell tower, he added. Wang claims there is a big movement to rewrite code to take advantage of the edge.
As a result, edge servers tend to be cheaper than serving pages from a central location, he added.
Wang isn’t the only one to stress the value of the edge. This year he took center stage at the Jamstack Conference. Sunil PaiA former senior systems engineer at Cloudflare, suggested that developers move part of their website to the edge within the last quarter of 2022.
“We are currently working on the rest. We have a lot of work to do, but we should use it a lot today,” said Pai. Pai is currently building developer tools for edge applications. Founder of the Cool Computer Club.
Matt Biilmann, co-founder and CEO of Netlify, said his cloud-based development company recently saw about 3x month-over-month growth in edge use cases. According to his Netlify survey of about 7,000 developers in the Jamstack community, more than half are building edge dynamic sites to test edge. The study defines an edge dynamic site as “a site that is fully dynamic and renders all content at the edge (that is, uses serverless or edge functionality).”
The beginning of the end of a static page
One of the reasons for going to the edge is the promise of a degree of personalization that a static, server-side site just can’t deliver.
In a talk at Reactathon earlier this year, Wang argued that static side generation (SSG) is “basically dead.” He also noted the move towards incremental rendering along with edge routing. He pointed out that “Next.js is winning big” as a framework that supports this trend.
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“Most evident in our framework data is the continued growth of React,” said the survey. “There are many options for building reactive web apps, but the huge ecosystem surrounding React keeps him an easy choice for many.”
That hasn’t stopped alternative frameworks, including Fresh, from entering this crowded field.
He compared it to Node.js and Vercel, which he said could have serverless capabilities running on Amazon Web Services in a single region. But why create another framework?Casonato said speed and developer experience were two aspects he felt were lacking in other frameworks. The combination, he argued, was a better framework with fewer drawbacks than existing frameworks.
“What I wanted to do was bring together a set of tools that were already in common use, but I did the hard work of integrating them so beautifully that people could find special features in their applications. ,” said Preston-Warner. new stack.
“There is no one because the experience keeps changing,” says Hightower. “We like it as humans because we want to hear something new. .”
One of the changes Wang is looking forward to in 2023 is a temporary proposal in Phase 3 of a four-step proposal process. This addresses complex and sometimes obscure data format issues, he told The New Stack.