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9 reasons to build your web app with the Jamstack

Building a flexible and iterable application in a short time can be challenging. Well-known clouds like AWS, Azure, and GCP help to deliver scalable web applications with low costs within a few weeks. Choose a managed database, move the application code to Docker containers or back-end functions, and deploy everything on any code changes. That’s what modern application development looks like, right?

In this post, I will describe the most important things needed to develop and ship software at an amazing pace, with a Next.js application written in TypeScript, deployed via Vercel, and backed by a serverless database called FaunaDB. I will explain each of these things in detail, adding a few examples here and there. I highly recommend trying them all. All of them have generous free tiers and can be used by a small developer team of up to three members.

The usage of developer-centric deployment platforms in combination with serverless offerings is summarized as the Jamstack. “J-A-M” means JavaScript, APIs, and Markup. More about the Jamstack can be found at https://jamstack.org/.

Deployment is an implementation detail

The number of services that I can use in a cloud is overwhelming. At this point in time, AWS has 250 different services. I need to define how to connect and set up deployments for my new features, for my non-production environment, and for my production environment

If I am working on a project with multiple developers in parallel, I would love to just pass an URL to my co-worker to share my current feature branch.

Additionally, I need to set up domains and sub-domains, scale the service, wire public endpoints, manage database connections, set up secrets management, etc. 

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