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Open web people:
Decentralise all the things!

Also open web people:
Let’s centralise the granular page rendering process of database-driven front-ends into one monolithic, JS-driven build process and re-generate the entire site every time any piece of content gets updated. 🔥

28 reactions on “Gatsby

  1. I’ve had over thirty years in software, and this is a cycle. Centralising breaks things. Decentralising breaks things. Every few years we go around learning why some things do and don’t work, but each generation is usually an improvement.

  2. Can I expect a great talk about this topic @wordcampstg and how you made your website your social media center again?

  3. Paul Bakaus says:

    super hard to find the right balance here, I found over the years..native walled gardens are drinking our milkshake because of their efficient centralization.

  4. That, and I’m also by no means ‘against’ any static site generators. I just find it interesting to explore the most innate concepts/principles that power both, our tech as well as current societal/political trends. Centralisation is one of them.

  5. Paul Bakaus says:

    Definitely interesting. I found an old AMP talk draft of mine that started with these words: “This isn’t a story about development. It isn’t a story of speed. Not even one of embedding. This is a story about vertical integration, every soulless businessman’s ultimate dream.”

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