A Critique of Gatsby
What is Gatsby?
Learning Gatsby has been interesting. I really like the framework and have been enjoying my time with it immensly. It feels like a great balance between simple static sites and complicated dynamic ones. Probably because it's kind of both.
Gatsby uses Reactjs to build out a static website. React is interesting because it allows dynamism without page refreshes. React creates what they call a "Virtual DOM" that serves as a platform for changes on the website to take place.
Using Gatsby has been a breeze. It may have a lot of dependencies, but it contains everything you need to rapidly develop and deploy an static website.
Here are some pro's I found while learning Gatsby:
- Gatsby has built in support for Zeit Now
- React and JSX are fun to use
- Resources and tutorials
And here are some cons I found
- It's difficult to use images and external files
- A lot of dependencies
- Awkward Learning Curve
scripttags become weird
dangerouslyinserthtml is weird and takes a couple of tries to learn whats allowed and what isn't and how to deal with it.
All in all, I can see how it can be an extremely helpful tool in the hands of a developer with a lot more experience than me. Maybe one day I'll get there. It's been a lot of fun using Gatsby for this project, and rest assured I'll be using it again in the future. Maybe one day I can be an expert at Gatsby. Who knows.