For the first time since the 2000s, I’m working on a new Rails application without using any form of real build steps on the front-end. We’re making it using vanilla ES6 with import maps for Hotwire, and vanilla CSS with nesting and variables for styling. All running on a delightfully new simple asset pipeline called Propshaft. It’s all just so… simple.
It’s also fast. Really fast. Infinitely fast. Here’s a tongue-in-cheek slide I featured as part of my Rails World keynote last week talking about this No Build process:
If you aren’t wedded to React, Vue, or whatever, you should have a look at what’s possible to build with Hotwire and No Build these days. You just might want to shed the weight of complexity and enjoy the lighter stack.