Headless architecture, a.k.a. Jamstack is a popular and modern architecture used for web development. It allows development of web pages that are static with blazing fast speed even though they are equipped with the dynamic elements. Jamstack separates the frontend from the backend which lets developers develop web pages with technologies, frameworks and languages of their choice.
Here are the reasons to use Jamstack apart from its rapidly increasing popularity among developers:
- Rapid development process
- Fast performance
- Cost-efficiency (hosting static elements is cheaper than hosting dynamic elements)
- Flexibility (use any language you want)
This is the reason why it is transforming how developers approach web development. Many eCommerce have already started developing their website using this development stack.
Here are features that React provides:
- Developing SEO-friendly websites
- Developing high-performance websites
- Easy to learn
- Cost-effective development
- Creating reusable components providing efficient coding
- Build astonishing and fast UI and UX components
- Writing stable code
Of course, it also has some downsides like poor documentation and hard to scalable applications.
Node is a leading and one of a kind backend runtime environment that plays a major part in developing backend applications. Here are the key features provided by Node:
- Building efficient web apps, websites, and SPAs
- Building powerful and fast performing websites that are lightweight
- Data streaming supports: best for development of social sites
- Storing data for future requests making the request complete fast
- Development of cross-platform web apps
- Building highly scalable apps without sacrificing speed or performance
Like any other technology it has drawbacks too, like: not great for building financial software. Bad at complex CPU calculations, because it doesn’t provide precision calculation. Not recommended for building banking applications.
Web development approaches mostly used are agile development and continuous development and continuous integration.