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Welcome. This is the second edition of Next.js News. Between issue #1 and #2 we went from 0 to 500+ subscribers and Next.js conference went from 25,000 to 45,000+ attendees. Happy reading!
Amplify is the AWS framework to create mobile and web applications. After finishing the getting started, you end up with a regular Next.js application using Amplify React components, themselves generating login forms (for example) connecting to AWS services directly.
Until this announcement, you could not use Amplify in SSR contexts, which means that listing blog posts would not work in SSR but only on the frontend. Now, this is solved and, Amplify is SSR compatible! Moving forward, they will also provide native Next.js deployment to AWS Cloudfront via the Amplify Console. For now, they recommend the serverless framework and, it takes two lines of code and one command.
The fact that Amplify is more compatible with Next.js is not the main part. The takeaway is: Amazon thought Next.js was so vital that they had to add it to their tooling and try to benefit from its popularity. I don't know for you, but for me, this proves once again that Next.js is becoming a significant part of how to build modern applications today. This trend will go on.
At around the same timing of the AWS announcement, Netlify adopted
next-on-netlify, a community package to ease the deployment of Next.js applications on the Netlify platform. Cassidy Williams (Netlify employee) will join the maintainer team and present "Touring Next.js" at the Jamstack conf 2020.
So.. Who's next to make Next.js a first-class citizen of their platform? Azure? It's done.
Comparing Styling Methods In Next.js — Thanks to Next.js flexibility, you can use any styling technique with it. I use Tailwind CSS and Styled JSX. If you haven't yet decided, or you're just curious, Adebiyi Adedotun wrote a detailed overview of all the styling methods available in Next.js.Which styling solution are you using? Let me know on twitter.
Bulletproof Next — The Next.js course from Arunoda Susiripala is out! Arunoda was the previous Next.js lead at Vercel and is now writing learning material for Next.js. The course goes into exciting topics like optimistic UIs, pagination, different data stores solutions, and optimization of Next.js applications.
iamvishnusankar/next-sitemap is the kind of project that just works®. I needed a sitemap solution for the Next.js News website and found this recently released module. Install it, create a
next-sitemap.js configuration file, and done. It even split sitemaps when they are too big. If you need a sitemap (yes, you need one), then use this module.
hashicorp/next-mdx-remote is an evolution of next-mdx-enhanced, from the same authors. It allows MDX content to be stored remotely, is 50% faster, and works with
If you've never written MDX, it's markdown + the possibility to instantiate React components anywhere on the page. It makes writing interactive blog posts straightforward. If you're reading Next.js News on its website, the embedded tweets are React components.
HashiCorp, the makers of Vagrant, are notorious users of Next.js. They collaborated with Next.js maintainers on static generation optimizations since they have thousands of Next.js powered pages.
Here are the most important changes coming up in future versions of Next.js:
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For a previous list, check out the same section in Next.js News #1.
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If your heart goes boom every time Tim Neutkens tweets "Wrote an RFC to ..." then this section is for you.
The notable features that are coming up to Next.js are related to images and i18n. And those won't be small features.
Imagecomponent proposal from Google
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