podcast July 2, 2021

Podcast 353: Bring your own stack – why developer platforms are going headless

We chat about the new options and tools - from a headless CMS to edge data processing - that Shopify is offering developers.
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We chat with Glen Coates, VP of Product at Shopify Core, about some of the announcements the ecommerce giant made this week. Shopify is aiming to hire 2,021 developers in 2021, and as part of opening up their platform and making it more appealing, they introduced a number of new options for creating stores, themes, and apps on their platform.

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Episode Notes

As explained in this piece, “A headless CMS is a back-end only content management system (CMS) built from the ground up as a content repository that makes content accessible via a RESTful API or GraphQL API for display on any device.” Shopify has leaned hard into GraphQL and APIs in general. 

The goal, as Coates describes it, is to allow developers to bring their own stack to the front-end, but provide them with the benefits of Shopify’s back-end, like edge data processing for improved speed  at global scale. Shopify also offers a wealth of DevOps tooling and logistical support when it comes to international commerce. 

We also discuss Liquid, the flexible template language Shopify uses for  building web apps.

Our lifeboat badge of the week goes to chunhunghan for answering the question: How to customize the switch button in a flutter?

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