The state of the Jamstack in 2020

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Five years after the term has been coined, the Jamstack is starting to see rapid expansion, growth and maturity, according to a recent survey. The State of the Jamstack in 2020 survey revealed 44% of developers have been using it for a year, with 37% using it for 1-2 years. Eleven percent of the respondents reported they have been leveraging Jamstack for 4 or more years. 

The survey was conducted by Netlify and received more than 3,000 responses from software development professionals.

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While 36% of respondents leveraging the Jamstack are newer developers (with 4 years or less of experience),  the survey found 38% of respondents using Jamstack have 8 or more years of experience. 

“The overall picture of the Jamstack is that of a thriving community that is growing fast as a wave of mainstream adoption continues, driven by fantastic scaling, high performance, and workflows and tooling that developers love,” Laurie Voss, senior data analyst at Netlify, wrote in a post

The reason for using Jamstack included improving performance, uptime, speed of development, security, and compliance. The top use cases included building consumer software, internal tooling, and enterprise software. 

The survey also asked about the Jamstack tooling ecosystem, and how satisfied developers were with the tools and frameworks available. Respondents revealed using React, Gatsby, Next, Nuxt and 11ty JavaScript frameworks. Additionally, enterprise developers are more likely to use TypeScript than other developers, and GraphQL had the most satisfied users for API protocols.

Other findings included: Jamstack developers are building fully static sites, single page web apps, and fully dynamic sites; a third of respondents using Jamstack have sites that serve millions of users; and 63% of Jamstack developers don’t work at a purely tech company and come from advertising and marketing, education, media, finance and business support industries. 

“With the continued growth of tools and services in this community ecosystem, along with so many powerful web properties redefining how developers can do more with less, the next wave of web development is here, and it’s the Jamstack,” said Matt Biilmann, CEO and co-founder of Netlify, a modern web development platform provider. 

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