Next.js 13.5 is here! 🎉 It's the latest version of Next.js. In this article, we'll learn about:
Next.js is a React-based production-level framework used for building full-stack React applications. It has over 1,258,087 weekly npm downloads. Next.js is an open-source project by the Vercel team that was released on October 25, 2016. Its latest version is 13.5.1. Over the years, Next.js has gained a huge level of popularity in the React ecosystem and is the first love for React developers. 🚀
As the project is open source, it is growing rapidly with 112K stars, 24.7K forks, 1.4K watches, 1.8 million used, and 2885 contributors on GitHub. 🎉
Some of the top tech giants using Next.js are Meta, Uber, Auth0, and Tripadvisor. 💎
- Built-in optimization for images, fonts, layout scripts, application scripts, static, dynamic, and file-based metadata, static assets, lazy loading 🦥, speed analytics 💨, web vitals 📊, etc.
- Middlewares in Next.js help in executing chunks of code before a request is fulfilled. In Next.js, you can use simple middlewares, path middlewares using matcher config, and conditional statements. Using the NextResponse API, you can redirect and rewrite URLs 🔄, request headers from the client, set response cookies and headers 🍪, and also set up advanced middleware flags using Next.js ⚙️.
- Client and server-side rendering in Next.js allows you to render the UI in both the client and the server using client and server components 🖥️.
- CSS support for styling your Next.js application using global CSS, CSS modules, SASS, Tailwind CSS, and CSS within JS 🎨.
- Advanced routing and nested layouts in Next.js allow you to define advanced routing and nested layouts using the file system 🗺️.
- Node.js & Edge Runtime in Next.js allows you to build fast and scalable web applications using serverless functions 🚀. This helps in shipping dynamic and personalized content for the users 🎯
- Data fetching in Next.js helps execute asynchronous fetch functions in both the client and server 💻, handling form submissions and data mutations 📝
- 22% faster local server startup 🚀
- 29% faster HMR (Fast Refresh) 💨
- 40% less memory usage 🧠
- Optimized expensive file system operations 📁
- Auto Configuration for Larger Icon Libraries 🎨
- Optimized Package Imports 📦
- next/image Improvements 🖼️
- Improved documentation for forms and mutations, Client and Server components, Content Security Policy and Nonces, Caching and Revalidating 📝
- useParams and useSearchParams can now be used in the Pages Router 🗺️
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