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In this episode of Syntax, Scott and Wes talk with Jason Lengstorf from the Gatsby team about Gatsby themes, and the future of Gatsby in general.

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Show Notes

2:18 - Jason Lengstorf - What do you do?

9:37 - Gatsby refresher

  • Gatsby is statically generated
  • gatsby-config.js file determines which plugins you use
  • gatsby-node.js allows us to hook into Gatsby at different points and do things like source content and dynamically create pages
  • gatsby-browser.js contains code that should hook into browser events

13:54 - Gatsby themes

  • Layouts in Gatsby are done the same way in React - simply create a component with children
  • How is this different than a plugin?
  • Is it a collection of plugins?
  • How do you share themes?
  • Can they include functionality (plugins?) Like Markdown rendering?
  • What about a theme that needs a UI once activated?
  • What about custom fields for Gatsby?
  • Do you foresee a marketplace like WordPress themes?
  • Are there some themes already out there?
  • What will come for themes soon?

34:07 - Questions about Gatsby

  • What do you think about WordPress?
  • E-commerce?
  • How do you make money?
  • Suggested way of doing dynamic things
  • What is the future of Gatsby?
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