Right now we will probably be studying methods to construct a tennis trivia app utilizing Subsequent.js and Netlify. This expertise stack has turn into my go-to on many initiatives. It permits for speedy improvement and simple deployment.

With out additional ado let’s leap in!

What we’re utilizing

  • Subsequent.js
  • Netlify
  • TypeScript
  • Tailwind CSS

Why Subsequent.js and Netlify

Chances are you’ll suppose that it is a easy app that may not require a React framework. The reality is that Subsequent.js offers me a ton of options out of the field that enable me to only begin coding the principle a part of my app. Issues like webpack configuration, getServerSideProps, and Netlify’s automated creation of serverless capabilities are just a few examples.

Netlify additionally makes deploying a Subsequent.js git repo tremendous straightforward. Extra on the deployment a bit in a while.

What we’re constructing

Mainly, we’re going to construct a trivia recreation that randomly reveals you the title of a tennis participant and you need to guess what nation they’re from. It consists of 5 rounds and retains a operating rating of what number of you get appropriate.

The info we want for this utility is an inventory of gamers together with their nation. Initially, I used to be considering of querying some stay API, however on second thought, determined to only use an area JSON file. I took a snapshot from RapidAPI and have included it within the starter repo.

The ultimate product appears to be like one thing like this:

You will discover the ultimate deployed model on Netlify.

Starter repo tour

If you wish to comply with alongside you’ll be able to clone this repository after which go to the begin department:

git clone [email protected]:brenelz/tennis-trivia.git
cd tennis-trivia
git checkout begin

On this starter repo, I went forward and wrote some boilerplate to get issues going. I created a Subsequent.js app utilizing the command npx create-next-app tennis-trivia. I then proceeded to manually change a pair JavaScript recordsdata to .ts and .tsx. Surprisingly, Subsequent.js robotically picked up that I wished to make use of TypeScript. It was too straightforward! I additionally went forward and configured Tailwind CSS utilizing this text as a information.

Sufficient speak, let’s code!

Preliminary setup

Step one is establishing surroundings variables. For native improvement, we do that with a .env.native file. You possibly can copy the .env.pattern from the starter repo.

cp .env.pattern .env.native

Discover it at the moment has one worth, which is the trail of our utility. We’ll use this on the entrance finish of our app, so we should prefix it with NEXT_PUBLIC_.

Lastly, let’s use the next instructions to put in the dependencies and begin the dev server: 

npm set up
npm run dev

Now we entry our utility at http://localhost:3000. We must always see a reasonably empty web page with only a headline:

Creating the UI markup

In pages/index.tsx, let’s add the next markup to the prevailing Residence() operate:

export default operate Residence() {
  return (
    <div className="bg-blue-500">
    <div className="max-w-2xl mx-auto text-center py-16 px-4 sm:py-20 sm:px-6 lg:px-8">
      <h2 className="text-3xl font-extrabold text-white sm:text-4xl">
        <span className="block">Tennis Trivia - Subsequent.js Netlify</span>
      </h2>
      <div>
        <p className="mt-4 text-lg leading-6 text-blue-200">
          What nation is the next tennis participant from?
        </p>
        <h2 className="text-lg font-extrabold text-white my-5">
          Roger Federer
        </h2>

        <kind>
          <enter
            listing="international locations"
            kind="textual content"
            className="p-2 outline-none"
            placeholder="Select Nation"
          />
          <datalist id="international locations">
            <choice>Switzerland</choice>
           </datalist>
           <p>
             <button
               className="mt-8 w-full inline-flex items-center justify-center px-5 py-3 border border-transparent text-base font-medium rounded-md text-blue-600 bg-white hover:bg-blue-50 sm:w-auto"
               kind="submit"
             >
               Guess
            </button>
          </p>
        </kind>

        <p className="mt-4 text-lg leading-6 text-white">
          <sturdy>Present rating:</sturdy> 0
        </p>
      </div>
    </div>
    </div>
  );

This types the scaffold for our UI. As you’ll be able to see, we’re utilizing plenty of utility courses from Tailwind CSS to make issues look just a little prettier. We even have a easy autocomplete enter and a submit button. That is the place you’ll choose the nation you suppose the participant is from after which hit the button. Lastly, on the backside, there’s a rating that modifications based mostly on appropriate or incorrect solutions.

Organising our knowledge

When you check out the knowledge folder, there needs to be a tennisPlayers.json with all the information we’ll want for this utility. Create a lib folder on the root and, within it, create a gamers.ts file. Bear in mind, the .ts extension is required since is a TypeScript file. Let’s outline a kind that matches our JSON knowledge..

export kind Participant = {
  id: quantity,
  first_name: string,
  last_name: string,
  full_name: string,
  nation: string,
  rating: quantity,
  motion: string,
  ranking_points: quantity,
};

That is how we create a kind in TypeScript. Now we have the title of the property on the left, and the kind it’s on the appropriate. They are often fundamental varieties, and even different varieties themselves.

From right here, let’s create particular variables that signify our knowledge:

export const playerData: Participant[] = require("../knowledge/tennisPlayers.json");
export const top100Players = playerData.slice(0, 100);

const allCountries = playerData.map((participant) => participant.nation).kind();
export const uniqueCountries = [...Array.from(new Set(allCountries))];

A pair issues to notice is that we’re saying our playerData is an array of Participant varieties. That is denoted by the colon adopted by the kind. In truth, if we hover over the playerData we are able to see its kind:

In that final line we’re getting a singular listing of nations to make use of in our nation dropdown. We go our international locations right into a JavaScript Set, which eliminates the duplicate values. We then create an array from it, and unfold it into a brand new array. It might appear pointless however this was achieved to make TypeScript completely happy.

Consider it or not, that’s actually all the information we want for our utility!

Let’s make our UI dynamic!

All our values are hardcoded at the moment, however let’s change that. The dynamic items are the tennis participant’s title, the listing of nations, and the rating.

Again in pages/index.tsx, let’s modify our getServerSideProps operate to create an inventory of 5 random gamers in addition to pull in our uniqueCountries variable.

import { Participant, uniqueCountries, top100Players } from "../lib/gamers";
...
export async operate getServerSideProps() {
  const randomizedPlayers = top100Players.kind((a, b) => 0.5 - Math.random());
  const gamers = randomizedPlayers.slice(0, 5);

  return {
    props: {
      gamers,
      international locations: uniqueCountries,
    },
  };
}

No matter is within theprops object we return will probably be handed to our React element. Let’s use them on our web page:

kind HomeProps = {
  gamers: Participant[];
  international locations: string[];
};

export default operate Residence({ gamers, international locations }: HomeProps) {
  const participant = gamers[0];
  ...
} 

As you’ll be able to see, we outline one other kind for our web page element. Then we add the HomeProps kind to the Residence() operate. Now we have once more specified that gamers is an array of the Participant kind.

Now we are able to use these props additional down in our UI. Change “Roger Federer” with {participant.full_name} (he’s my favourite tennis participant by the best way). You need to be getting good autocompletion on the participant variable because it lists all of the property names we’ve entry to due to the categories that we outlined.

Additional down from this, let’s now replace the listing of nations to this:

<datalist id="international locations">
  {international locations.map((nation, i) => (
    <choice key={i}>{nation}</choice>
  ))}
</datalist>

Now that we’ve two of the three dynamic items in place, we have to sort out the rating. Particularly, we have to create a chunk of state for the present rating.

export default operate Residence({ gamers, international locations }: HomeProps) {
  const [score, setScore] = useState(0);
  ...
}

As soon as that is achieved, substitute the 0 with {rating} in our UI.

Now you can test our progress by going to http://localhost:3000. You possibly can see that each time the web page refreshes, we get a brand new title; and when typing within the enter area, it lists the entire obtainable distinctive international locations.

Including some interactivity

We’ve come an honest method however we have to add some interactivity.

Hooking up the guess button

For this we have to have a way of understanding what nation was picked. We do that by including some extra state and attaching it to our enter area.

export default operate Residence({ gamers, international locations }: HomeProps) {
  const [score, setScore] = useState(0);
  const [pickedCountry, setPickedCountry] = useState("");
  ...
  return (
    ...
    <enter
      listing="international locations"
      kind="textual content"
      worth={pickedCountry}
      onChange={(e) => setPickedCountry(e.goal.worth)}
      className="p-2 outline-none"
      placeholder="Select Nation"
    />
   ...
  );
}

Subsequent, let’s add a guessCountry operate and fasten it to the shape submission:

const guessCountry = () => {
  if (participant.nation.toLowerCase() === pickedCountry.toLowerCase()) {
    setScore(rating + 1);
  } else {
    alert(‘incorrect’);
  }
};
...
<kind
  onSubmit={(e) => {
    e.preventDefault();
    guessCountry();
  }}
>

All we do is principally examine the present participant’s nation to the guessed nation. Now, after we return to the app and guess the nation proper, the rating will increase as anticipated.

Including a standing indicator

To make this a bit nicer, we are able to render some UI relying whether or not the guess is appropriate or not.

So, let’s create one other piece of state for standing, and replace the guess nation methodology:

const [status, setStatus] = useState(null);
...
const guessCountry = () => {
  if (participant.nation.toLowerCase() === pickedCountry.toLowerCase()) {
    setStatus({ standing: "appropriate", nation: participant.nation });
    setScore(rating + 1);
  } else {
    setStatus({ standing: "incorrect", nation: participant.nation });
  }
};

Then render this UI under the participant title:

{standing && (
  <div className="mt-4 text-lg leading-6 text-white">
    <p>      
      You might be {standing.standing}. It's {standing.nation}
    </p>
    <p>
      <button
        autoFocus
        className="outline-none mt-8 w-full inline-flex items-center justify-center px-5 py-3 border border-transparent text-base font-medium rounded-md text-blue-600 bg-white hover:bg-blue-50 sm:w-auto"
      >
        Subsequent Participant
      </button>
    </p>
  </div>
)}

Lastly, we need to be certain that our enter area doesn’t present after we are in an accurate or incorrect standing. We obtain this by wrapping the shape with the next:

{!standing && (
  <kind>
  ...
  </kind>
)}

Now, if we return to the app and guess the participant’s nation, we get a pleasant message with the results of the guess.

Progressing by way of gamers

Now most likely comes essentially the most difficult half: How can we go from one participant to the following?

Very first thing we have to do is retailer the currentStep in state in order that we are able to replace it with a quantity from 0 to 4. Then, when it hits 5, we need to present a accomplished state for the reason that trivia recreation is over.

As soon as once more, let’s add the next state variables:

const [currentStep, setCurrentStep] = useState(0);
const [playersData, setPlayersData] = useState(gamers);

…then substitute our earlier participant variable with:

const participant = playersData[currentStep];

Subsequent, we create a nextStep operate and hook it as much as the UI:

const nextStep = () => {
  setPickedCountry("");
  setCurrentStep(currentStep + 1);
  setStatus(null);
};
...
<button
  autoFocus
  onClick={nextStep}
  className="outline-none mt-8 w-full inline-flex items-center justify-center px-5 py-3 border border-transparent text-base font-medium rounded-md text-blue-600 bg-white hover:bg-blue-50 sm:w-auto"
 > 
   Subsequent Participant
</button>

Now, after we make a guess and hit the following step button, we’re taken to a brand new tennis participant. Guess once more and we see the following, and so forth. 

What occurs after we hit subsequent on the final participant? Proper now, we get an error. Let’s repair that by including a conditional that represents that the sport has been accomplished. This occurs when the participant variable is undefined.

{participant ? (
  <div>
    <p className="mt-4 text-lg leading-6 text-blue-200">
      What nation is the next tennis participant from?
    </p>
    ...
    <p className="mt-4 text-lg leading-6 text-white">
      <sturdy>Present rating:</sturdy> {rating}
    </p>
  </div>
) : (
  <div>
    <button
      autoFocus
      className="outline-none mt-8 w-full inline-flex items-center justify-center px-5 py-3 border border-transparent text-base font-medium rounded-md text-indigo-600 bg-white hover:bg-indigo-50 sm:w-auto"
      >
      Play Once more
    </button>
  </div>
)}

Now we see a pleasant accomplished state on the finish of the sport.

Play once more button

We’re virtually achieved! For our “Play Once more” button we need to reset the state the entire recreation. We additionally need to get a brand new listing of gamers from the server with no need a refresh. We do it like this:

const playAgain = async () => {
  setPickedCountry("");
  setPlayersData([]);
  const response = await fetch(
    course of.env.NEXT_PUBLIC_API_URL + "/api/newGame"
  );
  const knowledge = await response.json();
  setPlayersData(knowledge.gamers);
  setCurrentStep(0);
  setScore(0);
};

<button
  autoFocus
  onClick={playAgain}
  className="outline-none mt-8 w-full inline-flex items-center justify-center px-5 py-3 border border-transparent text-base font-medium rounded-md text-indigo-600 bg-white hover:bg-indigo-50 sm:w-auto"
>
  Play Once more
</button>

Discover we’re utilizing the surroundings variable we arrange earlier than through the course of.env object. We’re additionally updating our playersData by overriding our server state with our shopper state that we simply retrieved.

We haven’t crammed out our newGame route but, however that is straightforward with Subsequent.js and Netlify serverless capabilities . We solely must edit the file in pages/api/newGame.ts.

import { NextApiRequest, NextApiResponse } from "subsequent"
import { top100Players } from "../../lib/gamers";

export default (req: NextApiRequest, res: NextApiResponse) => {
  const randomizedPlayers = top100Players.kind((a, b) => 0.5 - Math.random());
  const top5Players = randomizedPlayers.slice(0, 5);
  res.standing(200).json({gamers: top5Players});
}

This appears to be like a lot the identical as our getServerSideProps as a result of we are able to reuse our good helper variables.

If we return to the app, discover the “Play Once more” button works as anticipated.

Enhancing focus states

One very last thing we are able to do to enhance our person expertise is about the deal with the nation enter area each time the step modifications. That’s only a good contact and handy for the person. We do that utilizing a ref and a useEffect:

const inputRef = useRef(null);
...
useEffect(() => {
  inputRef?.present?.focus();
}, [currentStep]);

<enter
  listing="international locations"
  kind="textual content"
  worth={pickedCountry}
  onChange={(e) => setPickedCountry(e.goal.worth)}
  ref={inputRef}
  className="p-2 outline-none"
  placeholder="Select Nation"
/>

Now we are able to navigate a lot simpler simply utilizing the Enter key and typing a rustic.

Deploying to Netlify

Chances are you’ll be questioning how we deploy this factor. Properly, utilizing Netlify makes it as simple as it detects a Subsequent.js utility out of the field and robotically configures it.

All I did was arrange a GitHub repo and join my GitHub account to my Netlify account. From there, I merely decide a repo to deploy and use all of the defaults.

The one factor to notice is that you need to add the NEXT_PUBLIC_API_URL surroundings variable and redeploy for it to take impact.

You will discover my remaining deployed model right here.

Additionally be aware that you would be able to simply hit the “Deploy to Netlify” button on the GitHub repo.

Conclusion

Woohoo, you made it! That was a journey and I hope you discovered one thing about React, Subsequent.js, and Netlify alongside the best way.

I’ve plans to increase this tennis trivia app to make use of Supabase within the close to future so keep tuned!

When you’ve got any questions/feedback be happy to achieve out to me on Twitter.

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