What is React Static?

Overview of progressive static-site framework for React
16 October 2017   1622

React Static is a framework designed to help everyone painlessly build next generation, high-performance websites for the web.

With react-static you can deliver an amazing experience for your users and developers alike, without compromising React in any way. It’s insanely fast, touts fantastic SEO capabilities, and is probably the most React-friendly static-site library on the internet.

How does React Static work?

React Static framework architecture
React Static framework architecture 

Main advantages

  • Painless development & migration. There are very few differences (or changes to be made, if migrating) when compared to apps created with create-react-app, or any other standard react build system. And, if you’re already using React-Router, you likely won’t have to change anything at all!
  • Redux, Lifecycle Security, Route Animations & more! react-staticdoesn’t use any strange routing techniques or custom lifecycle methods, which means there is absolutely no dangerouslySetInnerHTMLReactDOM.render(), or any other destructive methods being used for navigation. It’s just good old React, so you can thoroughly rely on everything functioning how you would normally expect it to, including component lifecycles and state managers.
  • Data & Query Agnostic. You’ve worked hard enough producing and organizing all of the data for your website, so the last thing you need is some superfluous GraphQL layer or custom component lifecycle lodging itself between your data and your pages. With react-static, supplying and using your data is as simple. Fetch it at build time, supply it to your routes, and use the getRouteProps HOC. It’s heavenly, and it also makes testing your data and your components a breeze.
  • Lean builds for today and 2 years from now. react-static’s approach to code-splitting ensures your page data is optimized and stored separately from your JS bundle as JSON files. This means the main JS bundle will not grow in size with the amount of content on your site. Not only does this significantly improve build times for sites small and large, but also decreases the amount of duplicate code required to be downloaded by the client. All of this means faster browsing for your users, and more productivity for the developer.

See GitHub to learn more.  

Clarity Beta Released

According to the creators, the tool will allow website owners to understand the causes of user behavior better
13 December 2018   102

Microsoft put Clarity, a web analytics tool, into beta. It is used by the developers of the search engine Bing, so the functionality should be similar to Yandex.Metrica and Google Analytics. Unlike these systems, the Clarity library is distributed freely and hosted on GitHub.

According to the creators, the tool will allow you to understand the causes of user behavior better. Clarity collects telemetry from the site and helps to see how users interact with it, what bugs and difficulties they face, why they leave. This will allow you to understand where to tweak the code and what generally needs to be changed to improve the user experience.

The developers gave an example of how Clarity was used to analyze strange activity on the Bing homepage. It turned out that the cause was malicious code that modified the page, interfered with the normal interaction with the site and extended the download. Clarity helped develop protection against changing search engine pages, which ultimately improved its business performance.

Clarity records user sessions for further viewing and analysis. Sessions can be filtered by date, duration, browser, OS, device type and activity.

When viewing a session, you can track the movement of the mouse pointer, the number and location of clicks, page load time, the number of network requests and JavaScript errors and other parameters. It is possible to create session logs in JSON format and send to the specified address.

Due to the fact that the tool is still in beta testing, to use it, you need to send a request with information about the connected site. From requests waiting list is being formed. Developers will notify applicants about the use of Clarity.