development diary

Learning next.js

following these instructions

The script to start a local server:

npm run dev

Use the Link component. It will automatically do client-side routing, code splitting, and pre-fetch the JS for the relevant future pages.

By default, we do routing based on the file system structure in the pages directory.

css, static files

Files inside public can be referenced from the root of the application similar to pages.

img tag vs next js images

When including an <img> tag, you need to think about:

Next.js provides an Image component out of the box to handle this for you.

Next.js also has support for Image Optimization by default. This allows for resizing, optimizing, and serving images in modern formats like WebP when the browser supports it. This avoids shipping large images to devices with a smaller viewport. It also allows Next.js to automatically adopt future image formats and serve them to browsers that support those formats.

Next.js optimizes images on-demand, as users request them.

Images are only loaded when they are within the viewport:

Images are lazy loaded by default. That means your page speed isn't penalized for images outside the viewport. Images load as they are scrolled into viewport.


scripts

see here

Can add a script in the usual way, in the head part, by adding it to the JS react file

including scripts in this manner does not give a clear idea of when it would load with respect to the other JavaScript code fetched on the same page.

scripts component

The next/script component

optimizes when additional scripts are fetched and executed.

strategy controls when the third-party script should load.

css

you can add global CSS files by importing them from pages/_app.js. You cannot import global CSS anywhere else.

you can add global CSS files by importing them from pages/_app.js. You cannot import global CSS anywhere else.

Pre-rendering and Data Fetching

Static Generation vs Server-side Rendering

pre-rendering

By default, Next.js pre-renders every page. This means that Next.js generates HTML for each page in advance, instead of having it all done by client-side JavaScript

Each generated HTML is associated with minimal JavaScript code necessary for that page. When a page is loaded by the browser, its JavaScript code runs and makes the page fully interactive. (This process is called hydration.)

You can create a "hybrid" Next.js app by using Static Generation for most pages and using Server-side Rendering for others.

data fetching

getStaticProps

Essentially, getStaticProps allows you to tell Next.js: “Hey, this page has some data dependencies — so when you pre-render this page at build time, make sure to resolve them first!”

Note: Next.js polyfills fetch() on both the client and server. You don't need to import it.

getStaticProps only runs on the server-side

It won’t even be included in the JS bundle for the browser.


To use Server-side Rendering, you need to export getServerSideProps instead of getStaticProps from your page.

You should use getServerSideProps only if you need to pre-render a page whose data must be fetched at request time.

client-side rendering

If you do not need to pre-render the data

This approach works well for user dashboard pages, for example. Because a dashboard is a private, user-specific page, SEO is not relevant, and the page doesn’t need to be pre-rendered. The data is frequently updated, which requires request-time data fetching.

The team behind Next.js has created a React hook for data fetching called SWR. We highly recommend it if you’re fetching data on the client side.

dynamic routes

dynamic routes

Pages that begin with [ and end with ] are dynamic routes in Next.js

export an async function called getStaticPaths from the page file

export async function getStaticPaths() {
  // Return a list of possible value for id
}

we need to implement getStaticProps again - this time, to fetch necessary data for the blog post with a given id. getStaticProps is given params, which contains id (because the file name is [id].js).

Each object must have the params key and contain an object with the id key

API routes

See the docs

Do Not Fetch an API Route from getStaticProps or getStaticPaths. Instead, write your server-side code directly in getStaticProps or getStaticPaths (or call a helper function).

deploy

Use Vercel.

https://nextjs-blog-tau-five-85.vercel.app/

Push to any Git branch other than main to preview changes

Push to main to ship changes to production

Pages that use Static Generation and assets (JS, CSS, images, fonts, etc) will automatically be served from the Vercel Edge Network

Pages that use Server-Side Rendering and API routes will automatically become isolated Serverless Functions.

In your own hosting provider, run the build script once, which builds the production application in the .next folder.