Chapter 1, Introduction to Server-Side Rendering and Next.js, explains the basics of frontend development, problem definition, what frameworks are available, and what problems they solve, what server-side rendering is, and why it is needed. This chapter explains the benefits of Next.js.
Chapter 3, Next.js Configuration, will go into Webpack and Babel. It is a small chapter but definitely one worth mentioning, because it is very useful for advanced cases.
Chapter 4, Next.js Data Flow, explains the purpose of all JS applications: talking to the backend. We show different approaches, including vanilla Next JS flow, with no frameworks, which is useful for understanding the essence of interaction before moving on to look at more advanced techniques.
Chapter 5, Application Life Cycle Handlers and Business Logic, demonstrates the most important and frequently asked questions about React-based application architecture and patterns. We explain how to design and implement the core modules, such as logging and authentication, and then move on to more complex solutions for access control and business rules management.
Chapter 6, Continuous Integration, explores how to prepare the app for automatic deployment and why unit and end-to-end tests are important prerequisites. You will learn how to write tests and use online continuous integration tools.
Chapter 7, Containers, provides information about virtual machine containers exploring, why they are useful. You will learn about the most popular container framework, Docker, and how to configure an image for it. After that, you'll learn how to deploy your application to online services that provide container-based infrastructure.