The Astro Framework with James Quick

Frontend web frameworks are software toolkits that handle many of the low-level and repetitive aspects of building a website. These frameworks have made it easier than ever to build a modern website. The open-source Astro framework was created in 2021 for the purpose of creating simple static sites that load quickly. A key factor to its high performance is that, by default, webpages don’t include any JavaScript. However, Astro gives users the ability to opt into using JavaScript wherever it makes sense in their projects. Astro also has the file based routing and server-side rendering capabilities found in frameworks like NextJS.

James Q. Quick has worked at Microsoft, PlanetScale, and Auth0 and is a popular technical content creator. He’s an advocate of the Astro framework and joins the show to talk about what distinguishes it from NextJS, Sveltekit, and other major frameworks.

Sean’s been an academic, startup founder, and Googler. He has published works covering a wide range of topics from information visualization to quantum computing. Currently, Sean is Head of Marketing and Developer Relations at Skyflow and host of the podcast Partially Redacted, a podcast about privacy and security engineering. You can connect with Sean on Twitter @seanfalconer .

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