At the end of summer 2023, after more than 3 years of focus on GatsbyJS, I've decided to change the course and start using the other excellent JavaScript framework, NextJS.

Short rationale: 

The excellent Gatsby Cloud was suddenly sold to Netlify. It was certainly a pity, since Netlify's hosting, despite all the hype, could not match Gatsby Cloud. Customers of Gatsby Cloud, while trying to migrate, were reduced to tears and despair. But OK shit happens... it happened due to damn commercial interest of some people, let's not name them — history should forget them as soon as possible.

The bigger problem still was that the open-source project, GatsbyJS itself, started to decline. Perhaps partly due to the sudden sale of the hosting solution and the chaotic, unsupported, unconditional migration to the inferior alternative. People must have felt abandoned.

But I think the open-source project took a mortal hit more directly. Some of the most brilliant people in the project were also involved in development of Gatsby Cloud. And after the acquisition by Netlify these people were... simply fired. Here's a heartbreaking announcement of the brilliant @lekoarts_de from Monday, July 31, 2023. 

That was basically the end of the story. Netlify did a few feeble announcements about its intended future for GatsbyJS, but there were no new features, support threads were stagnating and filling up with spam.

So sad to witness an end of such a thriving open-source project. And yet, so glad there's this brilliant alternative, NextJS!

Tomáš Fülöpp
Sint-Agatha-Berchem, Belgium
September 5, 2023
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