Peter Ekene Eze
Dec 21, 2023 ⋅ 10 min read

Diving into Server Actions in Next.js 14

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2 Replies to "Diving into Server Actions in Next.js 14"

  1. So the main issue was that if we posted a new item into a list, we had to do the POST request and then pull data again with a GET to have the UI updated? And this was expensive because there are 2 requests for 1 action, basically, right?

    What we did was:
    – we had a layer for state management (i.e Redux)
    – a layer for API calls (middleware on client side)

    Upon a request, we updated UI optimistically or pessimistically, depending on what the team wanted.

    So, when someone does a POST request, it calls the middleware API, We await the status code, if it’s 200, we update the UI (redux state) and this way, we achieve consistency between server and client’s UI in 1 request, not 2. Which means only 1 server is needed (some S3 bucket for the react site files) and 1 action needed (like the pessimistically update mentioned above). No need for having a second server running the server-side components, no need to trigger a GETall after a POST to see the updated UI. Nothing. Just a well structured and organized application. And it still adheres to separation of concerns since on the backend I run edge functions for the updates etc. It’s just more things on the client. And I am totally fine with SSG because yes, first load is larger but then everything else is a breeze, not requiring calls to a server. But yeah, I guess anything goes nowadays.

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