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Everything you need to know before you learn Next.JS

Written by James Adams

Everything you need to know before you learn Next.JS

If you're looking for an easy way to create fast, reusable web pages, next.js is worth learning. next.js is a JavaScript library that makes it simple to create server-rendered React applications. It's easy to get started with next.js - all you need is Node.js and npm installed on your system and learning the fundamentals of next.js, alongside a framework such as Tailwind CSS, can help you to build powerful web applications quickly.

As the creators of one of the worlds only instructor led next.js coding bootcamps, we think we have a good insight into what you need to know before learning to code with next.js.

This article will cover:

  • Why should I learn Next.JS?
  • How long does it take to learn Next.JS?
  • Should I learn Next.js before React?
  • Is learning Next.js hard?

Why should I learn Next.JS?

Next.js is used a lot in the world of web development because it's easy to use and helps create fast reusable web pages. Many developers find it helpful for their workflow. Next.JS and Vercel allow you to spin up a web application incredibly quickly, literally within seconds. There's a number of reasons that web developers are using Next.js.

No Config

There's not a lot to focus on with the config of Next.js, in fact the application logic is completely taken care of for you. It's optimised for production straight out of the box. Very nice indeed.

Server Side Rendering

Next.js handles server-side rendering as well as static site generation. This hybrid approach means that pages are pre-rendered at the time the site is built, as well as at the request time of the user when needed. This makes your web app lightning quick for users.

Production Grade

Next.js is gaining serious traction within industry, we are now seeing companies such as Netflix, Binance, Starbucks, GitHub, hulu, docker, Coinbase, Ticketmaster, Uber, Twitch and so many more using Next.JS. We can expect to see it continue to gain traction within the industry.

How long does it take to learn Next.js?

Learning next.js is definitely possible to do on your own, it can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to a few months to have the necessary tools at your disposal to truly understand the Next.js ecosystem and how to get the best out of a Next.js build.

We will be running our Next.js courses, alongside building a site with Tailwind.CSS and using a web3 sign-in to token gate access over a two-week daytime, or four-week evening course. You can register your interest in our Next.js course by contacting us and selecting Next.js course as the contact reason.

Should I learn Next.js before React?

Many developers find that learning React first is a good place to start before diving into learning next.js. React is a JavaScript library for building user interfaces, and it lets you create reusable components so that your code is easy to read and maintain. When a user interacts with a React component, React updates the component automatically, which makes your app more responsive and quicker.

We would recommend being comfortable with a full coding stack before learning a framework such as Next.js. If you are looking to learn a coding stack before Next, we recommend our full stack coding bootcamp, where you will learn Next.js after learning React first.

Is learning Next.js hard?

Next.js is relatively easy to learn compared to other frameworks. With a little practice, you should be able to get up and running with next.js in no time.

If you're looking to learn Next.js in a bootcamp environment, our coding bootcamps are the perfect place for you. As outlined above, you have a couple of choices. You can learn full stack software development from scratch, including Next.js with our 12 week bootcamp, if you already have a knowledge of React, our next.js coding bootcamp you'll be able to learn Next.js from scratch with the help of a capable mentor and classmates.

This type of learning environment is ideal for beginners as it provides you with all the support you need to get up and running with next.js quickly and easily.

About the Author

James has 8 years with Fortune 200 US firm ITW, experience of managing projects in China, USA, and throughout Europe. James has worked with companies such as Tesco, Vauxhall, ITW, Serco, McDonalds. James has experience in supporting start-up and scale up companies such as Readingmate, Gorilla Juice and Harvest London. James completed his MBA at the University of East Anglia in 2018.

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