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Next.js | Overview

Next.js Overview

Hello folks! welcome to a brand new tutorial series on next.js. This tutorial will give you a proper understanding on the various Next.js functionalities with suitable examples.

What is Next.js?

The Next.js is React Based Framework with server side rendering capability. It's very fast and Search Engine Optimization friendly.

Utilizing Next.js, you can create robust react based applications easily and test them.

Features of Next.js

Following below are the important features of Next.js -

  • Server side rendering - Components in react are prerendered on the server, hence loads faster on client.
  • Automatic Routing - There's no need to configure any url for routing. Files are to be put in pages folder. All the URLs will be mapped to file system. Customization can be done.
  • Hot Code Reload - The Next.js server detect modified files and reloads them automatically.
  • Built-in Typescript Support - Next.js is written in Typescripts and provides an excellent Typescript support.
  • Export Static Site - Next.js allows for exporting of static site from your web application.
  • Prefetch - Provides Link component used to link numerous components. Has support for a prefetch property used to prefetch page resources in background.
  • Dynamic Components - Next.js allows for importing JavaScript modules and React components dynamically.
  • Node Ecosystem - Next.js being react based fits well with Node ecosystem.
  • Component specific styles - styled-jsx provides support for global as well as component specific styles.
  • Automatic code split - Next.js renders pages with libraries they need. Instead of creating single large JavaScript file, Next.js creates many resources. When a page loads, only required JavaScript page is loaded with it.

Alright guys! This is where we are going to be rounding up for this tutorial. In our next tutorial, we are going to be studying about Next.js Environment Setup.

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