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Lucas Litton
Founder & CEO at Macombey · | 13 upvotes · 259.9K views

Next.js is probably the most enjoyable React framework our team could have picked. The development is an extremely smooth process, the file structure is beautiful and organized, and the speed is no joke. Our work with Next.js comes out much faster than if it was built on pure React or frameworks alike. We were previously developing all of our projects in Meteor before making the switch. We left Meteor due to the slow compiler and website speed. We deploy all of our Next.js projects on Vercel.

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Hey guys,

My backend set up is Prisma / GraphQL-Yoga at the moment, and I love it. It's so intuitive to learn and is really neat on the frontend too, however, there were a few gotchas when I was learning! Especially around understanding how it all pieces together (the stack). There isn't a great deal of information out there on exactly how to put into production my set up, which is a backend set up on a Digital Ocean droplet with Prisma/GraphQL Yoga in a Docker Container using Next & Apollo Client on the frontend somewhere else. It's such a niche subject, so I bet only a few hundred people have got a website with this stack in production. Anyway, I wrote a blog post to help those who might need help understanding it. Here it is, hope it helps!

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Pros of Angular Universal
Pros of Next.js
  • 5
    Typescript
  • 4
    Complete Framework
  • 4
    Is not React
  • 4
    Static site generator
  • 4
    Server rendering and code splitting
  • 4
    Same existing code base for both SPA and SSR
  • 3
    SEO
  • 3
    Dynamic rendering
  • 3
    Easy setup
  • 35
    Automatic server rendering and code splitting
  • 29
    Built with React
  • 26
    Easy setup
  • 19
    Zero setup
  • 19
    Universal JavaScript
  • 17
    TypeScript
  • 13
    Static site generator
  • 9
    Just JavaScript
  • 9
    Incremental static regeneration
  • 9
    Simple deployment
  • 8
    Frictionless development
  • 7
    Filesystem as an API
  • 7
    Isomorphic React applications
  • 7
    Testing
  • 6
    Has many examples and integrations
  • 6
    Well Documented
  • 6
    Everything is a function
  • 5
    Not nuxt
  • 3
    Not vue
  • 1
    File based routing + hooks built in

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Cons of Angular Universal
Cons of Next.js
  • 1
    Not React
  • 7
    Not Vue
  • 6
    Structure is weak compared to Angular(2+)
  • 2
    Is no Angular
  • 2
    Not flutter
  • 1
    Not Angular 2

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What is Angular Universal?

It executes on the server, generating static application pages that later get bootstrapped on the client. This means that the application generally renders more quickly, giving users a chance to view the application layout before it becomes fully interactive.

What is Next.js?

Next.js is a minimalistic framework for server-rendered React applications.

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What are some alternatives to Angular Universal and Next.js?
React
Lots of people use React as the V in MVC. Since React makes no assumptions about the rest of your technology stack, it's easy to try it out on a small feature in an existing project.
Nuxt.js
Nuxt.js presets all the configuration needed to make your development of a Vue.js application enjoyable. You can use Nuxt.js for SSR, SPA, Static Generated, PWA and more.
Bootstrap
Bootstrap is the most popular HTML, CSS, and JS framework for developing responsive, mobile first projects on the web.
Animate.css
It is a bunch of cool, fun, and cross-browser animations for you to use in your projects. Great for emphasis, home pages, sliders, and general just-add-water-awesomeness.
Material Design for Angular
Material Design is a specification for a unified system of visual, motion, and interaction design that adapts across different devices. Our goal is to deliver a lean, lightweight set of AngularJS-native UI elements that implement the material design system for use in Angular SPAs.
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