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Hands-on Nuxt.js Web Development

By : Lau Tiam Kok
Book Image

Hands-on Nuxt.js Web Development

By: Lau Tiam Kok

Overview of this book

Nuxt.js is a progressive web framework built on top of Vue.js for server-side rendering (SSR). With Nuxt.js and Vue.js, building universal and static-generated applications from scratch is now easier than ever before. This book starts with an introduction to Nuxt.js and its constituents as a universal SSR framework. You'll learn the fundamentals of Nuxt.js and find out how you can integrate it with the latest version of Vue.js. You'll then explore the Nuxt.js directory structure and set up your first Nuxt.js project using pages, views, routing, and Vue components. With the help of practical examples, you'll learn how to connect your Nuxt.js application with the backend API by exploring your Nuxt.js application’s configuration, plugins, modules, middleware, and the Vuex store. The book shows you how you can turn your Nuxt.js application into a universal or static-generated application by working with REST and GraphQL APIs over HTTP requests. Finally, you'll get to grips with security techniques using authorization, package your Nuxt.js application for testing, and deploy it to production. By the end of this web development book, you'll have developed a solid understanding of using Nuxt.js for your projects and be able to build secure, end-to-end tested, and scalable web applications with SSR, data handling, and SEO capabilities.
Table of Contents (26 chapters)
Section 1: Your First Nuxt App
Section 2: View, Routing, Components, Plugins, and Modules
Section 3: Server-Side Development and Data Management
Section 4: Middleware and Security
Section 5: Testing and Deployment
Section 6: The Further Fields

Understanding custom configuration

You can configure your Nuxt app to suit your project by adding a nuxt.config.js file (we will call it a Nuxt config file in this book) in the project's root directory. You get this file by default if you use the Nuxt scaffolding tool. You should get the following options (or properties) when you open this file:

// nuxt.config.js
export default {
mode: 'universal',
target: 'server',
head: { ... },
css: [],
plugins: [],
components: true,
buildModules: [],
modules: [],
build: {}

Most of them are empty, except mode, target, head, and components. You can customize Nuxt to suit your project specifically through these options. Let's go through each of them, and then the other options, to see what you can use them for.

The mode option

The mode option is used to define the "nature" of your app – whether it is universal or an SPA. Its default value is universal. If you are developing an SPA using Nuxt, then...