Developers are testing the edge, according to a recent Netlify survey of nearly 7,000 developers in the Jamstack community. It was found that more than half of developers have built edge dynamic sites. The survey defines an edge dynamic site as “a site that is fully dynamic and renders all of its content at the edge (i.e. using serverless or edge functions).”
The survey noted that the number of people using serverless technology jumped from 46 percent to 71 percent, “making it fully mainstream.”
“We’re seeing these edge environments evolve,” Chris Bach, Netlify’s chief strategy and creative officer, told The New Stack ahead of last week’s Jamstack conference. “You can run more computing there than just serving.”
He sees more support from the runtime Deno and Netlify’s own edge computing offerings to make the edge more accessible to developers.
“Everyone is talking about serverless, but Netlify can see that a lot of web developers and web projects aren’t using them yet,” he said. “Now we allow people to simply put your serverless function in a folder and upload it.”
The report noted growth was “much faster than we expected,” and 35% said they had done “some” or “many” projects using serverless technologies, “relative to frameworks, which are larger than Vue but smaller than Next.” small.js.
Another 36% reported that they had completed “several” projects in serverless, suggesting that most projects are still in the experimental stage of serverless. 5% said they have done all their projects in serverless. Another 30% said they have not done any projects in serverless.
Related to the leap forward in serverless deployment is a shift in people who describe themselves as full-stack developers rather than front-end developers.
“We think the giant leap forward in serverless adoption may be explained by the fact that serverless enables front-end developers to build full-stack applications with minimal fuss, and adoption is happening so fast that it’s changing the way we describe ourselves,” report said.
Who is the fairest frame?
In terms of frameworks, the most used framework is React. Of the 29 frameworks on the list, some or most of the projects use more than 71%.
“The most obvious story in our framework data is React’s continued growth,” the survey said. “While there are many options for building responsive web applications, the large ecosystem around React continues to make it an easy choice for many.”
The report states that React Express came in second with almost 50% of “some or most of the rankings”, followed by Next.js at 47% – meaning nearly one in two developers said they Have used Next.js in some or many projects. Given that Next.js is a “full-featured ‘kitchen sink’ framework based on React,” Netlify predicts it will continue to grow.
However, it was Vite, which ranked sixth, with the highest score for satisfaction, coming in close to 10 out of 11. That’s probably because it’s less of a framework than a bundler, competing more with Webpack and Babel, pointing to web.
“It’s used as the default bundler for several other frameworks, including Nuxt and SvelteKit, which contributes to its high share, but its stellar satisfaction score is all in its own right,” the report states.
In the small frameworks category, Remix rose from 2% to 10% of developers saying they use it in “some” or “many” projects. It was followed by progressive frameworks Nest and VuePress. Despite being less used, Blitz.js ranks highest for user satisfaction.
WordPress dominates CMS
WordPress ranked highest in the CMS usage category, but newcomer Notion actually came in second—beating headless WordPress (3), Contentful (4) and Strapi (5) as the preferred content management system. Anyone using Notion may be surprised because it’s certainly not a typical CMS system — it’s closer to a project management tool.
“Concept is an outlier in this data: Of course some people use it via its API to power websites, but we believe many of those who answered yes to this option are using it for internal content,” the survey report said , adding that Netlify intends to conduct a small follow-up investigation to confirm this.
Open-source Drupal takes seventh place on the list, just behind Sanity, an open-source headless real-time CMS.
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