Hello Netlify Support Team,
We are trying to evaluate Netlify functions to see if it can support our use case (below).
We have a Gatsby.js website with an Apollo Server instance as the API (JAM stack). This API has two use cases.
- Provide dynamic content during runtime (i.e power AJAX calls)
- Provide data to during build time to create pages - https://www.gatsbyjs.org/docs/sourcing-from-private-apis/
We are considering Netlify hosting option. We would like to know if Netlify functions could be used to host our Apollo Server (API) in a way that satisfies use case #2 above (use case #1 appears to be supported by default).
According to documentation here https://docs.netlify.com/functions/configure-and-deploy/#configure-the-functions-folder
“… functions are deployed after the build …”
Above feature contradicts with our use case #2 - where the API (function) needs to be available before the build starts (because build depends on API).
Is there a way we can use Netlify functions to achieve #1 and #2 ?