Next.js vs Volt: What are the differences?
What is Volt? A ruby web framework where your ruby runs on both server and client. Volt is a ruby web framework where your ruby code runs on both the server and the client (via opal.) The DOM automatically update as the user interacts with the page. Page state can be stored in the URL, if the user hits a URL directly, the HTML will first be rendered on the server for faster load times and easier indexing by search engines.
Next.js and Volt belong to "Frameworks (Full Stack)" category of the tech stack.
Some of the features offered by Next.js are:
- Zero setup. Use the filesystem as an API
- Automatic server rendering and code splitting
On the other hand, Volt provides the following key features:
- Instead of syncing data between the client and server via HTTP, volt uses a persistent connection between the client and server
- When data is updated on one client, it is updated in the database and any other listening clients (with almost no setup code needed)
- Pages HTML is written in a handlebars like template language
"Automatic server rendering and code splitting" is the top reason why over 9 developers like Next.js, while over 2 developers mention "Handlebars" as the leading cause for choosing Volt.
Next.js and Volt are both open source tools. Next.js with 38.7K GitHub stars and 4.69K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Volt with 3.3K GitHub stars and 209 GitHub forks.
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