NextJS: The Next Stage of JavaScript?
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NextJS: The Next Stage of JavaScript?

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JavaScript’s popularity has reached new heights in 2016. Rated as the top programming language worldwide according to Red Monk, frameworks like Node.js and React.js have rocketed in developer usage over the past year, used by high-profile websites such as Netflix, GitHub and Google.

Next.js is the most recent kid on the block in the JavaScript world and its creators, development tools builder Zeit, have big plans for its future. Given the growing need for JavaScript development, it’s about time we asked what is next in store for JavaScript frameworks.

Can Next.js really improve upon vastly successful innovations like Node.js and React.js?



Zeit Founder – Guillermo Rauch

The vision for JavaScript has always been resolving the back-end/front-end divide once and for all. Node.js was a pioneer in this respect – the framework allows code to be shared between the client and the server, giving developers valuable flexibility. Yet, according to the team at Zeit, the gap has still not been bridged:


Many attempts were made to make it practical to develop apps and websites on Node. Many template languages and frameworks came along, but the technical divide between front end and back end remained.”

With the creation of new minimalistic framework Next.js, Zeit has said it is pursuing this vision of universal JavaScript apps. According to Infoworld, Next.js has been created with six fundamental principles in mind:


  • Data-fetching has to be done by the developer

  • Just using JavaScript, with everything acting as a function

  • Utilising the file system as an API and no setup

  • Anticipation is crucial to performance

  • Automatic server-rendering and code-splitting

  • & straightforward deployment.


Will the new Framework catch on?



Next.js could come as a godsend for JavaScript developers in future, with the promise of more time being spent on coding and less time wasted on setup. For companies, collaboration could be facilitated within bigger teams that have many different business and technical requirements to meet.


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