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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)

Loading data from a remote server using vanilla Next.js

Let's begin with a quick explanation of how data is usually loaded in traditional React apps.

If you don't use any data management frameworks, then your best bet is to request data when the component will mount, as shown here:

class Foo extends React.Component {

state = {data: null};

loadData = async () => await (await fetch('...')).json();

async componentWillMount(){
const data = await this.loadData();

if (! return (<div>Loading...</div>);
return (<pre>{JSON.stringify(}</pre>);


This will initiate the data loading process when the component is about to be mounted. Before the data is made available, it will show a loading indicator.

Unfortunately, this will not work in a server environment...