Developers Drive the Remote Work Future, Jamstack Community Survey Report by Netlify Shows
Netlify, the platform for modern web development, announced the findings of the third annual Jamstack Community Survey. The report is the definitive pulse on trends happening across the global web developer ecosystem built around Jamstack: the architectural approach that decouples the web experience layer from data and business logic, improving flexibility, scalability, performance and maintainability.
“The Jamstack Community Survey is created by the community, for the community,” said Matt Biilmann, co-founder and CEO, Netlify. “The findings will not only help developers learn from their peers but also help business leaders better understand how developers can be change makers within their organizations. They can learn about what tools and processes they need to be most impactful.”
Highlights from the Jamstack Community Survey include:
For developers, remote work isn’t going away
Even as the world opened up more this year, remote work is the new normal: 83% of developers are working remotely more than half of the time, and 76% say they’ve maintained or increased their frequency of working remotely in the last year. Remote is the strongly preferred way of working for this group – 87% say they enjoy remote work and an astounding 55% of developers said they would quit their jobs if forced to return to an office. With 33% having already changed jobs in the last year, it’s clear that developers will not hesitate to job hop if they need to. Remote work flexibility and career growth opportunities were the most frequently cited reasons for leaving a job, followed by compensation.
Cutting through the hype around Web3
One topic the technology industry has been buzzing about this year is Web3, the concept of a new web built on decentralized blockchains. While 7% to 10% of developers have tried out technologies like crypto currencies and NFTs, only 3% of developers report using these technologies regularly. As a gauge of potential future growth, Netlify also asked developers what their attitude was to Web3 in general. The findings were mixed news for Web3 enthusiasts: 42% of developers either don’t know what Web3 is or don’t care about it, while 31% felt negatively about it. The survey shows that Web3 is still far from mass adoption.
Better web experiences, built with serverless and edge
Jamstack is continuing to advance the modern web, building websites that are increasingly dynamic. This year, Netlify’s report found that serverless is officially mainstream: 70% of developers report using it, up from 46% last year, an astonishingly fast adoption rate. Meanwhile, 47% of developers are experimenting with edge dynamic sites, a sign of the continued innovation happening at the network edge. Serverless technology allows Jamstack websites to continue to grow in capability while maintaining the simplicity of development and deployment that is the hallmark of the platform.
Web frameworks and programming languages
To build dynamic web apps, developers need the flexibility to choose whichever web framework best suits their needs, and they have plenty of choices. React continues to be the overwhelming favorite component model with 71% of developers reporting they build with it, 3% more than last year. Riding React’s popularity is Next.js, which uses React and is the most popular web framework overall with nearly 1 in 2 developers (47%) saying they built sites with it in the last year. However, competition remains strong in the framework space: newer entrants like Astro (11%) and SolidJS (6%) have had strong starts, and Remix (10%) and Sveltekit (15%) grew strongly year over year. Vite saw an 18% increase since last year, with a third (32%) of developers using it.
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“We’re thrilled that a third of the Jamstack community is embracing Vite as they build for the modern web. Vite’s usage more than doubled in a year, thanks to being adopted by many modern app frameworks and web tools,” said Matias Capeletto (aka Patak), from the Vite Core Team. “The pace of innovation continues to accelerate. Vite’s Rollup-based Plugin API allows the ecosystem to share solutions and collaborate in ways we haven’t seen before.”
CMS of choice
In the world of Content Management Systems (CMS), WordPress is still by far the most widely used with 37% of devs saying they use it, even though their reported satisfaction with it is lower than many alternatives. However, WordPress as a stand-alone CMS is losing share, while using WordPress as a headless API to power a Jamstack website is reported by 22% of developers and growing. Newcomer to the survey, Storyblok premiered at 9% of developers using this CMS.
“More and more developers realize the potential of headless architecture in building and deploying better web experiences,” said Dominik Angerer, CEO and founder, Storyblok. “At the same time, we believe that the content team utilizing the power of Jamstack with a headless CMS like Storyblok gets the content tools they need and love for creating great experiences on the frontend.”
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