This is your captain speaking, we'll be going on a wild adventure, so rope up and fasten your eye-patch!
We'll be sailing past the Gatsby manor where we'll explain the different improvements we've encountered, the Prismic bays where creating and maintaining our blog was a breath of fresh air! And to end our tour we'll use the winds of the north to pass by the beautiful Azure DevOps mountains and their different pipelines.
At Nightborn, as in any company, we had to decide which framework we wanted to use for our own website. A framework provides us with the certainty that we are developing an application that is in full compliance with the business rules, structured, and that is both maintainable and upgradable. It allows developers to save time by re-using generic modules in order to focus on other areas.
A problem we were facing with React, as it's client-rendered, is that it's not really SEO-compliant. And as you can imagine as a service-agency this isn't really a positive thing. That's why we initially started looking for a server-side rendering framework and stumbled upon Next.js and all its great features. Despite all these features, we did not choose Next.js but instead chose Gatsby.
What we like about Gatsby :
Discover why we are a service-agency: 👉 https://nightborn.be/services 👈
Prismic is in my honest opinion one of the best Headless CMS out there in the open, the type generation and usage are magnificent. A headless CMS contains at least 2 core components, a web app for creating/editing/publishing content and an API that enables front-end developers to get the content from a CMS into their projects.
The simplicity by which a non-technical collaborator can create a new type in Prismic, send me the JSON-file containing this type, and start creating content has me blown away.
Why we use Prismic at Nightborn:
As you can imagine, asking designers to create a new build each time they publish an article is not how you'll become friends. That's where automation comes in, we first start by creating a pipeline, and a designer can create a new version of your website, while you're sailing the ship on other waters.
⛵ Webhook (Databricks) → 🛥️ Pipelines → ⛴️ Release
To create those pipelines we use Azure DevOps Services. Azure DevOps is a 'Software as a Service' (SaaS) platform from Microsoft that provides an end-to-end DevOps toolchain for developing and deploying software. It also integrates with most leading tools on the market and is a great option for orchestrating a DevOps toolchain.
Azure Pipelines is a cloud service that you can use to automatically build and test your code project and make it available to other users. It works with just about any language or project type. Azure Pipelines combines continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD) to constantly and consistently test and build your code and ship it to any target.
It's time to GIT back to work 🤭
🚢 Yarrrr pirate, we've arrived at our destination, we're setting anchor here! ⚓
We hope you enjoyed the journey as much as we did and hope this will help you find your own path to your beloved treasures on those vast and unforgiving JS waters.
Don't hesitate to look at our other blog posts!
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David : + 32 468 10 07 97
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