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re: Hi Addy! One of the best static site generaron that I’ve been using it’s Gatsby. Do you recommend use this kind of tools that makes easy the perfo...

I'm a huge fan of Gatsby. It's easily in my top things to have come out of the JS community in the last few years.

Kyle Mathews and the team care deeply about performance and I love that they're attempting to give folks the DX of React while still trying to get pages to load and be interactive as quickly as possible. Gatsby also has support for PWAs out of the box. I enjoy their approach to eagerly prefetching data for pages a user may need based on different heuristics. This means there's a good chance a page is already in the browser cache by the time a user visits it.

We recently worked with Gatsby on Guess.js - an effort to use your site's analytics and some machine learning to give sites sites support for intelligent prefetching. These shifts in trying to use data to drive our performance optimizations are an area I think have a lot of promise.

I also like the direction projects like Next.js have been taking. In general, anything we can do to try prescribing better defaults for modern best practices around libraries like React at a framework/static-site generation level are a win in my books.


Do you think that to really use the full power of javascript and understand it so well, it is better to understand the browser? And if so, what books would you recommend please? What would be your road map for a programmer to understand a language such as javascript to higher level, ie in order to appropriate the technology to ones needs.

A good understanding of browser fundamentals and an innate curiosity to learn more never hurt :) That said, I would focus on learning by doing. Write code, build apps, make mistakes and learn from them. Building up your knowledge of JavaScript, CSS, the DOM and eventually how browsers work is valuable. is a read that is out of date but still covers a lot of the core ideas of how browsers work. The front-end handbook over at attempts to give link out to a few learning resources for diving deeper into each area you may eventually require some expertise in.

On the books front, I tend to be partial to Eloquent JavaScript (a third edition just came out), Effective JavaScript by Dave Herman and any of the ES2015 books by Axel Rauschmayer or Nicholas Zakas.

Thanks Addy! My next question would be, if you were to build an enterprise app like facebook today with angular what would be your road-map plan (any pointers, ie book) and do you think using angular and say firebase is recommended?

Can you please point out some books or links that point to modern application architectural designs

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