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Lucas Litton
Founder & CEO at Macombey · | 13 upvotes · 249.3K 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 Next.js
Pros of React Router
  • 35
    Automatic server rendering and code splitting
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    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
  • 12
    Because there's not alternative

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Cons of Next.js
Cons of React Router
  • 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 Next.js?

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

    What is React Router?

    React Router is a complete routing solution designed specifically for React.js. It painlessly synchronizes the components of your application with the URL, with first-class support for nesting, transitions, and server side rendering.

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