ExpressJS vs Next.js: What are the differences?
ExpressJS and Next.js are primarily classified as "Microframeworks (Backend)" and "Frameworks (Full Stack)" tools respectively.
Some of the features offered by ExpressJS are:
- Robust routing
- HTTP helpers (redirection, caching, etc)
- View system supporting 14+ template engines
On the other hand, Next.js provides the following key features:
- Zero setup. Use the filesystem as an API
- Automatic server rendering and code splitting
"Simple" is the primary reason why developers consider ExpressJS over the competitors, whereas "Automatic server rendering and code splitting" was stated as the key factor in picking Next.js.
ExpressJS and Next.js are both open source tools. ExpressJS with 44.3K GitHub stars and 7.45K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Next.js with 38.2K GitHub stars and 4.6K GitHub forks.
According to the StackShare community, ExpressJS has a broader approval, being mentioned in 843 company stacks & 759 developers stacks; compared to Next.js, which is listed in 79 company stacks and 66 developer stacks.
Next.js is probably the most enjoyable React framework our team could have picked. The development is an extremely smooth process, the file structure is beautiful and organized, and the speed is no joke. Our work with Next.js comes out much faster than if it was built on pure React or frameworks alike. We were previously developing all of our projects in Meteor before making the switch. We left Meteor due to the slow compiler and website speed. We deploy all of our Next.js projects on Vercel.
My backend set up is Prisma / GraphQL-Yoga at the moment, and I love it. It's so intuitive to learn and is really neat on the frontend too, however, there were a few gotchas when I was learning! Especially around understanding how it all pieces together (the stack). There isn't a great deal of information out there on exactly how to put into production my set up, which is a backend set up on a Digital Ocean droplet with Prisma/GraphQL Yoga in a Docker Container using Next & Apollo Client on the frontend somewhere else. It's such a niche subject, so I bet only a few hundred people have got a website with this stack in production. Anyway, I wrote a blog post to help those who might need help understanding it. Here it is, hope it helps!
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