Modern web development platform Netlify has launched Netlify Edge Functions, bringing standards-based edge compute to Netlify’s development workflow. Developers can now build fast web experiences in less time, using Edge Functions to run dynamic content or even an entire application from the network edge without compromising performance. Built on Deno, an open-source runtime, Edge Functions work out-of-the-box with new server-side features from existing web frameworks like Next.js, Nuxt, Astro, Eleventy, and SvelteKit as well as new edge-first frameworks like Hydrogen and Remix.
The recent macrotrend of edge computing has led to a wave of innovation at the network edge, but many of these new solutions are proprietary, don’t use popular programming languages, and don’t offer integrations with multiple web frameworks. As a result, edge compute has added substantial complexity to the software development lifecycle. Netlify Edge Functions are the antidote, letting development teams avoid this tradeoff and, ultimately, deliver modern web experiences to market much faster.
“Frontend and web frameworks are starting to take advantage of a programmable, streaming edge layer, and it’s an enormous opportunity,” says Matt Biilmann, CEO, Netlify. “As this starts to open new possibilities within the Jamstack architecture, it’s essential that we follow a similar transparent, standards-based approach with our serverless runtime at Netlify’s Edge network. This way developers can use these newer edge-first capabilities in today’s frameworks without even having to think about the underlying infrastructure.”
“Netlify’s commitment to an open, standards-based approach to web development was a perfect fit for incorporating Deno. This offering will enable even more developers to take advantage of a fully programmable edge layer that works across web frameworks,” adds Ryan Dahl, Founder and CEO, Deno. “We’re thrilled to partner with Netlify to empower the developers who are building the next generation of web experiences.”
Netlify’s suite of serverless capabilities – Netlify Functions, Background Functions, Scheduled Functions, and now Edge Functions – give developers the flexibility to apply compute exactly where and when they need it. Netlify Edge Functions is now available in public beta.
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