RRU 086: Gatsby Themes with Chris Biscardi

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In this episode of React Round Up the panel interviews Chris Biscardi. Chris is now working with Gatsby. He shares a bit about his background and how he got into programming. Chris explains his move from Kubernetes and Docker over to Gatsby. His overall drive is to increase leverage for other people and what drew him to these projects.

Chirs explains what Gatsby is and what it has to offer to React developers. Gatsby is like a creat react app which is attached to a static site generator that has an API that allows you to pull in data from anywhere. Also, by using Gatsby developers do not have to operate alone, they get the whole Gatsby ecosystem to help them.

The panel considers Gatsby and if it would be a good way for developers to learn React. Chris explains with Gatsby’s documentation it would be great for learning React. The panel believes it would be a good place to learn because of the hands-on goal-oriented work engaged in when using Gatsby. Chris shares what developers get when using Gatsby and why it appeals to programmers today.

Chris explains what Gatsby themes are and how they are more powerful than CSS themes. The panel discusses how to use themes and how to write them. ThemeUI library is shared and Chris explains how it works. They consider what is next for both Gatsby and React.


  • Lucas Reis
  • Charles Wood
  • Thomas Aylott


  • Chris Biscardi




Lucas Reis:

  • Don't procrastinate

Charles Wood:

  • Find solid people in your life
  • Get away

Chris Biscardi:

Thomas Aylott:

  • Real relationships with real people outside of work.


What do you get when using Gatsby?

You get the speed of a static HTML file, the power of having a client-side react app bootstrapped on top of the static site generator, and the power of having the JavaScript running to preload website URL’s when you hover over them

What is a Gatsby theme?

NPM installable subsets of your Gatsby site.

How are Gatsby themes more powerful than other CSS themes?

Gatsby themes are more powerful because of the way you can both horizontally and vertically compose themes and themes can change the data models.

What is next for Gatsby?

A Gatsby specific CMS, themes that can be pulled from a variety of sources, the ecosystem will open up in terms of people who can use it. Chris also considers the possible unexplored uses of themes.

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