Let's talk about Astro – a new tool by the folks at Snowpack. I think it's pretty sweet, so sweet in fact that I finally got around to building my blog with it.
As I write this, Astro has freshly released its first public beta. Up until now access was invite-only, but now anyone can check out the repo and start tinkering.
I say tinkering because it's still early days for Astro. It's a tad bit quirky in terms of what you can and cannot do with it, features aren't fully fleshed out and every so often you'll run into bugs.
There's a lot to get excited about Astro, but I'll mainly be addressing things from the perspective of a frontend dev trying to make a blog using Astro.
It's just text. To display text, all I essentially need is HTML. I ruminate on this and wish that I was stoic enough to make an HTML-only blog and call it a day, thereby joining the league of true champions of web performance.
But, I'm weak. I want blogs to have some personality. The system font stack should've probably been enough but in my vanity I reach out for some webfonts. I then proceed to add some (a lot) of CSS to make things look pretty.