In September we saw some Software Developers brag about their git commit history, while other devs poked fun at people who brag about their commit histories. And thus, “What Will It Take For You To Code Like This?” was born.
A full green git contribution history doesn’t make you a great developer. However… if you feel the urge to light up your GitHub commit calendar like a Christmas tree, Gatsby has a wave of exciting new features for you to try!
New in Gatsby and Gatsby Cloud
New Design and Capabilities for Gatsby Admin
We launched a new version of Gatsby Admin, with a polished UI and additional features for rapidly configuring your Gatsby project. If you’d like to join the early interest group and give feedback, register here.
Shareable URLs in Gatsby Cloud
Now, you can publish previews of your Gatsby site to a customizable, stable private URL you can share with others. This is perfect for collaborating on a site with a team, and getting feedback before you publish a site to a CDN. Spin up a new site in Gatsby Cloud and try it for yourself.
Other improvements to the Gatsby experience include:
New from the Gatsby Team
Sid Chatterjee is writing a new book – “Web Development for Everyone”. Register for free to receive a few chapters.
Alex Moon spoke about how to build serverless GraphQL webapps at the GraphQL In Space Conference.
New from the Gatsby Community
ButcherBox, the free range organic meats subscription company, sped up their ecommerce website by 600% (!) by moving off of WordPress and adopting a Gatsby stack that includes Contentful and Netlify.
Wes Bos launched his long awaited Gatsby course. Join over 3,656 others and learn the ins and outs of building an online store with Gatsby.
Also, thank you, Wes also fixed a bug where double backslashes would break develop on Windows . (Building a Gatsby course isn’t enough for Wes, he fixes bugs in core too!)
Jess Watson, the CEO of Points North Media wrote an article on Gatsby Voices about navigating her company through a global pandemic and the protests following the death of George Floyd, all while being underestimated as a female Black founder.
Also on Gatsby Voices, Will Johnson told his story of transitioning into a technology career, while being over 30, married man with kids.
(By the way – Gatsby would love to help tell your story and inspire the next wave of people in Web Development. Learn more here.)
Scott Wambach built his beautiful portfolio site using Gatsby. Click on his floating head for a surprise!
Thank you, Taylor Johnson for cleaning up our Spectrum references.
Thank you, Kathleen McMahon for adding a guide on fonts, both locally hosted and web-hosted (a topic near and dear to our hearts! Kyle Mathews built the typefaces library for self-hosting fonts way back in 2016).
New from the Gatsby Ecosystem
Kentico Kontent launched an exciting new product called “Web Spotlight”. This new tool speeds up the workflow of the Content Editors on your team by enabling them to update content within the context of the website. Learn how to implement Web Spotlight with Gatsby Cloud.
Next from Gatsby
Join us for Hacktoberfest 2020
Read this blog post to see how you can participate with Gatsby this year!
gatsby-image with Better Performance
A refresh of gatsby-image is in alpha, but we already see promising results with performance scores in Lighthouse! Visit our repo to see the comparison Lighthouse scores, and learn how to install it on your test projects.
Static Image Component
We have a proof-of-concept for a new static image component that allows you to get all the benefits of automatic resizing, lazy loading from Sharp and gatsby-image — without needing to write GraphQL queries. It is currently available to try as a canary build, and we are looking for feedback on the approach.
You can stay up-to-date with Gatsby by peeking at our roadmap.