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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)

How to make custom configurations

In a nutshell, all Next.js configurations are done via next.config.js. With Next.js 5, this became even easier.

Let's create an empty project for experiments:

$ npm init
$ npm install react react-dom

Let's add SASS support as an example:

$ npm install next node-sass @zeit/next-sass --save-dev

Enhance the scripts section of package.json:

// package.json
"scripts": {
"start": "next"

Next, we again have to create a custom document (the same as before):

// pages/_document.js
import Document, {Head, Main, NextScript} from 'next/document';

export default class MyDocument extends Document {
render() {
return (
<title>NextJS Condensed</title>
<link rel="stylesheet" href="...