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Discussion on: Reflecting on a year with Node.js and why I should have stuck with Laravel

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Fatih Altinok

As someone who doesn't like PHP much, I must admit that Laravel is a well thought out framework with batteries included. I'm currently working on a full-stack project with Next.js and even though there's a lot to like about Next, a lot is also missing and I feel like reinventing the wheel every other day. I'm not complaining as I like gaining a deep perspective and prefer intentional code over magic, but I find myself looking at Laravel and Rails for inspiration a lot. The Laravel documentation also seems excellent.

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Tyler Smith Author

Next is great, but the lack of server framework features does make it more challenging. I know that projects like Blitz.js are trying to bridge the divide, but I'm always hesitant about committing to newer tech in my production code.

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Fatih Altinok

I fully understand the hesitation. Blitz is awesome, but it's young and missing many crucial features of existing web frameworks at this time.

I also checked Adonis from the comments and it seems like an analog of Laravel, even the documentation is structured similarly. But on the other hand I'd expect a JavaScript framework to fully utilize native frontend libraries, where it would really shine.

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Tyler Smith Author

I'm really interested to watch if Adonis ever takes off in a big way. Of all the frameworks I've seen it's the one that is most appealing to me.