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VMblog Expert Interview: Vercel Explores Latest Release and Innovations Found in Next.js 12

Interview with Vercel 

At Next.js Conf held on October 26, Vercel, a platform to deploy any frontend website or application, and creator of Next.js, announced Next.js 12 -- The SDK for the Web -- enabling development and delivery of dynamic web sites at the speed of static. To learn more about Next.js 12, VMblog spoke with Guillermo Rauch, CEO of Vercel to discuss the announcement. 

VMblog:  To kick things off, can you give us more information on what was recently announced?

Guillermo Rauch: On October 26, we celebrated our 5th anniversary in a big way, by introducing our most revolutionary Next.js version yet: Next.js 12.

Next.js is the result of an open collaboration with more than 1,800 contributors, thousands of companies, and partners like Google Chrome and the React team at Facebook. We're building the open source Web SDK that pulls together the lessons of the giants of the web, and is completely free to use.

As websites and web applications get larger and more ambitious, making the Web faster calls for an SDK that has all the necessary tools built-in.

VMblog:  What have the results been from all Next.js websites around the Web, across all cloud platforms, in 2021?

Rauch: So far in 2021, we've seen Core Web Vitals all around improve by 100%. This kind of performance is not just delightful for your users, but it's also good for your business. For e-commerce, better vitals mean better conversions. One of our customers, Ace and Tate, improved sales by 16% by going headless and implementing a Next.js frontend on Vercel.

VMblog:  What are the new innovations included in Next.js 12? 

Rauch: New innovations in Next.js 12 include Next.js Middleware and Vercel Edge Functions, ES Modules and URL imports, instant HMR and builds with the new Next.js 12 Rust-based compiler, Next.js Live enhancements and Server-side Rendering streaming and React Server Components. These new innovations make developing, building, collaborating and shipping far faster and more reliable than anything that preceded it. 

VMblog:  How does Next.js and Vercel improve workflow and collaboration?

Rauch: ​​Making things faster for those who have already configured a full development environment is great. Whether you're new to development, or just short on time, figuring out all the tooling to install can be discouraging. Last June, we gave a preview of Next.js Live, our instant development and real time collaboration experience for Next.js.

Thanks to innovations like ES Modules and WebAssembly, which our new compiler infrastructure optimizes for, Next.js Live runs natively inside the web browser. It boots up instantly and anyone with a link can collaborate. 

VMblog:  What is important about Middleware and the new Edge Function?

Rauch:  We are pioneering Edge Functions to remove the remaining tradeoffs with serverless. They boot up instantly (no more cold boots), deploy globally, and support streaming. Customers like TripAdvisor are now using Edge Functions on Vercel to get rid of lengthy routing configuration files and incorporate A/B testing, with no burden on the client. In essence, Edge Functions give you the power of dynamic code, with the speed guarantees of static.

VMblog:  How does Next.js 12 benefit developers?

Rauch: Next.js 12 is truly the first SDK for the Web, making developing, building, collaborating and shipping far faster and more reliable than anything that precedes it. With Next.js Middleware deployed to Vercel, the framework becomes aware of the global possibilities of the modern cloud, making websites more dynamic, personalized and performant for users. Code runs everywhere and gives developers the best of both worlds, whether static or dynamic, with one unified abstraction. Next.js 12 lays the foundation for the future of Web applications, and Vercel can not wait to see what users will create with it. 

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Published Wednesday, December 08, 2021 7:29 AM by David Marshall
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