Gatsby Days Video: A Recipe to Power Up Your Gatsby Apps with Auth0

Kat Huang
July 2nd, 2020

After much thought and discussion, the Gatsby team has decided not to hold Virtual Gatsby Days in the way we originally planned. While we were very much looking forward to our first digital community gathering, we feel now is not the time to take attention and space away from the Black Lives Matter movement.

Transforming Gatsby Days from a live event into a content series keeps the focus on more important events while sharing the amazing speakers and learning opportunities in a way the community can access when the time is right for each of us. All of the product and program announcements planned for Gatsby Days have been rolled up into an initial blog post, and now we are following with a video series to present the speakers who had been scheduled to share their knowledge during the event. We hope you enjoy. 💜

We look forward to seeing you at our next Gatsby Days, planned for October, though it’s difficult to say right now exactly what form that will take. Follow Gatsby on Twitter to keep up with announcements around our fall Gatsby Days planning, calls for proposals, when registration starts, and other developments.

Gatsby Recipes are a tool that automates common site building tasks like creating pages and layouts, installing and setting up plugins, or setting up TypeScript, plus many more. Recipes can even generate pages and code! Sam Julien is a Senior Developer Advocate Engineer at Auth0 as well as an instructor for Thinkster and egghead. Sam’s Gatsby Days presentation walks viewers through building a Recipe to automatically set up authentication in a Gatsby site. Though many people discover Gatsby as a static site generator, Gatsby is a dynamic framework that allows for features like authentication. Does authentication work the same way as it does in React, though? Not quite.

While demonstrating building his Recipe, Sam explains how to supply a default React Context object with mock values. This is so that Gatsby’s build process, which generates static files, doesn’t raise errors from failing to find a Context that the authentication code references. The recipe also uses gatsby-browser.js to wrap the authentication provider around the app, as well as gatsby-node.js to handle authentication libraries that rely on DOM API objects like document and window.

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Product Marketing Intern @ Gatsby. I like puns, drawing, squats, and digital sociology. Learned to code on Tumblr and once taught myself Latin.

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