React just released their new docs at https://react.dev/. While it looks great and packs a lot of improvements, one section that caught the community‚

New React docs pretend SPAs don't exist anymore

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2023-03-17 20:00:19

React just released their new docs at https://react.dev/. While it looks great and packs a lot of improvements, one section that caught the community‚Äôs attention is ‚ÄúStart a New React Project‚ÄĚ. The strongly recommended way to start a new React project is to use a framework such as Next.js, while the traditional route of using bundlers like Vite or CRA is fairly strongly discouraged.

Next.js is a great framework, and it’s rise in popularity is due in a large part to the return of SEO optimization via Server-Side-Rendering (SSR) within the collective developer conscience. And it definitely does make sense to use a framework that provides SSR for static sites and pages that rely on SEO.

But what about typical Single Page Apps (SPAs)? Dashboard-like tools that live behind the auth (and don’t need SEO at all), and for which React was originally designed, still very much exist.

The new docs make a pretty strong claim for using a framework when starting a new React project. Even if you read through the ‚ÄúCan I use React without a framework‚ÄĚ section (hidden behind a collapsed toggle by default), you have to go through a wall of text convincing you why not using a framework is a bad idea, mainly due to the lack of SSR. Only then, in the end, comes the piece mentioning other options, such as Vite and Parcel:

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