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This example utilizes the next-apollo package which is ideal if you want to tuck away all the ceremony involved when using Apollo in your Next.js app. It's also ideal if you prefer to use Apollo explicitly on a page-by-page basis, as it requires you to wrap each page that uses Apollo in a HOC. If you prefer to use Apollo implicitly on every page, I recommend using this example.

This example also features my preferred CSS-in-JS solution, Emotion.

Demo

https://next-with-apollo.now.sh

How to use

Install it and run

npm install
npm run dev

Deploy it to the cloud with now (download)

now

The idea behind the example

Apollo is a GraphQL client that allows you to easily query the exact data you need from a GraphQL server. In addition to fetching and mutating data, Apollo analyzes your queries and their results to construct a client-side cache of your data, which is kept up to date as further queries and mutations are run, fetching more results from the server.

In this simple example, we integrate Apollo seamlessly with Next by wrapping our pages inside a higher-order component (HOC). Using the HOC pattern we're able to pass down a central store of query result data created by Apollo into our React component hierarchy defined inside each page of our Next application.

On initial page load, while on the server and inside getInitialProps, we invoke the Apollo method, getDataFromTree. This method returns a promise; at the point in which the promise resolves, our Apollo Client store is completely initialized.

This example relies on graph.cool for its GraphQL backend and Emotion for it's CSS-in-JS solution.

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