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Next.js Quick Start Guide

By : Kirill Konshin
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Next.js Quick Start Guide

By: Kirill Konshin

Overview of this book

Next.js is a powerful addition to the ever-growing and dynamic JavaScript world. Built on top of React, Webpack, and Babel, it is a minimalistic framework for server-rendered universal JavaScript applications. This book will show you the best practices for building sites using Next. js, enabling you to build SEO-friendly and superfast websites. This book will guide you from building a simple single page app to a scalable and reliable client-server infrastructure. You will explore code sharing between client and server, universal modules, and server-side rendering. The book will take you through the core Next.js concepts that everyone is talking about – hot reloading, code splitting, routing, server rendering, transpilation, CSS isolation, and more. You will learn ways of implementing them in order to create your own universal JavaScript application. You will walk through the building and deployment stages of your applications with the JSON API,customizing the confguration, error handling,data fetching, deploying to production, and authentication.
Table of Contents (9 chapters)

Installation of Next.js

First, create an empty project folder and initialize npm in it:

$ mkdir next-js-condensed
$ cd next-js-condensed
$ npm init

After that, let's install the Next.js package:

$ npm install nextjs@latest --save-dev
$ npm install react@latest react-dom@latest --save

We save Next.js to devDependencies to clearly separate dependencies for the client and for the server. Server-side dependencies will be in the devDependencies section; the client's will be in the regular section.

If you're using Git or any similar source control tool, it makes sense to add an ignore file that will remove the build artifacts folder from source control. We show an example .gitignore file here: