Nuxt is already used in large web applications in all kinds of different companies across the globe. Just take a look at their show case on https://nuxt.com/showcase . Does OpenAI sound like a familiar name to you? It's homepage was build with Nuxt (last checked Nov, 2023) and probably handles hundreds of millions of requests per month.
Compared to other popular frontend frameworks it is less popular though and they do have fewer collaborators:
Table: Stats from npm and Github accessed 23.11.2023
There is no big company behind Nuxt, like it is the case with Google and Angular, Facebook and React or Vercel and Next.
Nuxt has some decent backers though and at the end of the day what matters is, that they address issues and vulnerabilities quickly and that seems to be the case. New versions get released around every other week.
Nuxt has a strong focus on developer experience. They enable you to move pretty fast and once you get familiar with some core concepts you can focus the bulk of your time on your code logic.
Their pre selected tech stack comes with some pretty neat features out of the box, that enable you to create fast, SEO optimized and beautiful applications.
- TypeScript support out of the box
- SEO Meta tags
- Server Side rendering
- Data fetching with deduplication and caching
- File based routing
- Component and page transitions
- State management
- Fast build tooling with Vite
- Server functions
- and many more...
Large code bases are absolutely possible with Nuxt and the frameworks seems to hold up against big amounts of traffic quite well.
Nuxt has a very opinionated approach. It can take some time to get familiar with everything and adopt the way they want you to organize your code.
There is lot's of "magic" happening under the hood, which sometimes makes debugging quite hard, especially if you are new to the framework. You will stumble into situations and ask yourself, why is that happening/ not working??
On top, while this "magic" can accelerate things, I've found that it mostly covers simple use cases. Once you get outside a simple use case you need to put some thinking effort into fitting your problem into Nuxt concepts without using antipatterns.
Can you use Nuxt in production? Absolutely. It has already been used by some large companies for years and has an active community around it.
Nuxt enables you to move pretty fast, once you are familiar with some core concepts of how Nuxt works. It comes with some neat features that help you to build fast, SEO optimized and beautiful web applications.
What are your thoughts?
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