Cloudflare announced the acquisition of Linc, an automation platform to help front-end developers collaborate and build powerful applications. Cloudflare also stated that Linc has done amazing work with Frontend Application Bundles, making dynamic backends more accessible to frontend developers and the platform also offers a straightforward path to building end-to-end applications on Pages, with both frontend logic and powerful backend logic in one bundle.
Frontend Application Bundles
Cloudflare announced that with the acquisition, the company will be able to accelerate Pages to enable richer and more powerful full-stack applications. Cloudflare’s edge network combined with Linc’s approach to server-side rendering, the company will be able to improve its standard for performance on the web by delivering the speed of powerful servers close to users. Glen Maddern, CTO, Linc, said,
“Linc’s goal was to give frontend developers the best tooling to build and refine their apps, regardless of which hosting they were using. But we started to notice an important trend, if a team had a free choice for where to host their frontend, they inevitably chose Cloudflare Workers. In some cases, for a period, teams even used Linc to deploy a FAB to Workers alongside their existing hosting to demonstrate the performance improvement before migrating permanently.
At the same time, we started to see more and more opportunities to fully embrace edge-rendering and make global serverless hosting more powerful and accessible. But the most exciting ideas required deep integration with the hosting providers themselves. Which is why, when we started talking to Cloudflare, everything fell into place.
We’re so excited to join the Cloudflare effort and work on expanding Cloudflare Pages to cover the full spectrum of applications. Not only do they share our goal of bringing sophisticated technology to every development team, but with innovations like Durable Objects starting to offer new storage paradigms, the potential for a truly next-generation deployment, review & hosting platform is tantalizingly close.”