All this started for me when Max Stoiber started sharing his thoughts in his notes website on Twitter. I found it cool and wanted one for myself too. Back then, I was getting back to writing regularly.
It wasn't a lot of time until Anegus built
gatsby-theme-brain (I also found this from Max's tweet). Lot of things were possible with this. I was excited and started to put together stuff. I tweeted what I could build and it caught a few eyes. And then I turned into its own theme - gatsby-theme-andy
We were still figuring out how to stack up the pages side by side with Gatsby as it statically builds all the pages. We would need some kind of a fetch where we get the content of the new page and show it on side. Max was working on achieving that using
iframe. This could be a solution but it feels hacky.
And then Mathieu came into the scene and figured out that Gatsby had an API which would do the trick. He quickly made a demo and he abstracted a lot of key functionality into a React Hook - react-stacked-pages-hook.
This was great. I could use the hook and add the stacking up the pages side by side functionality to
gatsby-theme-andy. This theme now stands on the shoulders of amazing work by Aengus and Mathieu.
I'm happy that a lot of people like this and use it build their website/gardens with this. It feels good to see sites that are inspired by this.
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