by Robin Wieruch

The Road to Next

Master Full-Stack Web Development with Next.js 15 and React 19

As a full-stack developer there are so many opportunities out there. Whether you are launching a profitable startup, making a career in an enterprise company, or freelancing for a well paid contract job, full-stack web development is a skill that gives you the freedom to take any of these paths.

The Road to Next with its two learning journeys as video courses teaches you more than just a framework. You will get prepared to think in well structured code, how to apply your craft in larger applications, and how to execute with precision. It teaches you to perform like a senior software engineer: managing multiple terminals and services simultaneously, including payment gateways, message queues, database inspectors, and email servers.

It's not just a video course either. Step by step you'll create your a starter kit project to put your learning into immediate practice. Build and deploy a SaaS product, gaining hands-on experience with the tools and techniques used by industry professionals. I put all my knowledge that I have learned from the last years being employed and being a freelancer into this course and hope you will do great afterwards too.

This is for people who want to climb to a senior level, those looking for an advanced React or backend course, those aiming to transition from frontend to full-stack development, and those who want to build real-world SaaS products. It's perfect for aspiring developers seeking to deepen their understanding of complex engineering principles and anyone passionate about mastering advanced React and Next.js concepts in the context of full-stack development.

So are you ready to become a full-stack developer with me?

Let's get started :)

Embrace a new Paradigm

React Server Components

Discover a new perspective on building full-stack web applications with Server Components.

  • Database Read Access in Components
  • Streaming Components to the Browser
  • Awaiting Components Asynchronously
  • Partial Prerendering for increased Performance
Embrace a new Power

Server Actions

Access the Server from React Components for writing to the database or calling APIs.

  • Access Server Logic in Components
  • Operate on the Database from the UI
  • Use Web Standards with Forms
Meet your Instructor

Robin Wieruch

Robin is a software engineer who has authored several books and courses about JavaScript and React. He has been a developer for more than a decade and has experience in building web applications and consulting for startups and companies across the world.

During his freelance tenure, Robin collaborated with diverse entities like MakerDAO in blockchain, TRUMPF in high-precision laser technology, and the US government for its energy sector, among other ventures.

  • Bestselling JavaScript Book Author
  • 3.000.000+ Blog Visits per Year
  • 50.000+ Book Readers and Course Students
  • 20.000+ Twitter Followers
  • 8.000+ GitHub Followers
  • 6.000+ GitHub Stars
  • Awarded GitHub Star (Multiple Times)
  • Technical Co-Founder of CloudCamping
  • Dad of two wonderful Boys
Startup Tech Stack

The Tech Stack

Next.js 15
The most popular full-stack React framework
Used by some of the world's largest companies, Next.js enables you to create high-quality web applications with the power of React components.
React 19
The most popular frontend framework
React lets you build user interfaces out of individual pieces called components. Create your own React components and combine them into entire screens, pages, and apps.
Next-generation TypeScript ORM
Prisma provides the best DX for your team to work and interact with databases. Even complex topics like connection pooling, caching, real-time subscriptions become possible.
Serverless Postgres
Supabase is an open source Firebase alternative. Start your project with a Postgres database and add more services as you need them.
Type-safe JavaScript as industry standard
Unlock the Power of TypeScript: Dive into a world where strong typing leads to more reliable code. Embrace the confidence to tackle complex projects.
TypeScript-first schema validation
Zod ensures safer TypeScript-based schema validation, reducing bugs and enforcing data integrity with concise syntax and seamless TypeScript integration.
Lucia Auth
Zero Vendor Lock-in Authentication
Lucia is an auth library for your server that abstracts away the complexity of handling sessions. It works alongside your database to provide an API that's easy to use.
The best deployment platform for Next.js
Vercel is a cloud platform for rapidly deploying and scaling modern web projects. Offering a seamless integration Next.js, it is the best fit for this tech stack.
Industry standard for CSS Styling
Tailwind CSS is a highly customizable utility-first CSS framework that streamlines the styling process by providing an extensive set of pre-built classes.
Popular reusable components library
Discover a collection of exquisitely crafted components ready for seamless integration into your applications. Accessible, fully customizable, and proudly open source.
The Road to Next

Developer Journey

React Server Components (RSC)
Asynchronous Components
RSC vs Client Components
Client-Server Composition
Component Directives
Data Fetching
Partial Pre-Rendering
Fallback Loading
Server Actions
Usage Client Components
Usage Server Components
With and Without Forms
CRUD Operations
Create a Record
Read a Record
Update a Record
Delete a Record
Domain Modeling
Schema Definition
Seeding & Migrations
UI Database Exploration
Partial Selection
Joins (Relation Queries)
Sign Up a User
Sign In a User
Sign Out a User
Get Current Session
Exclude Sensitve Data
Conditional UI Components
Protected Routes
Protected Server Actions
Pages, Layouts, Templates
Static vs Dynamic Pages
Shared and Nested Layouts
Stable Template
Route Handler
New Hooks
File Conventions
Loading, Error, Not Found
Route Groups
Private Folders
Router & Link Components
Header & Sidebar
Tabs & Breadcrumbs
Full Route Cache
Request Memoization
Data & Router Cache
Client-Side Cache
Validation & Feedback
Server-Side Validation
Form-Field Feedback
Toast Feedback
Feedback after Redirect
User Preferences
User Feedback
Progressive Enhancement
Works without JavaScript
Fallback with <noscript>
Project Structure
General Folder Structure
App Router Structure
Feature Folders
Shared Folders
Light & Dark Mode
Utility-First CSS
Component Patterns
Reusable Components
Component Composition
Controlled Components
Mediator Components
useState, useEffect, useRef
cache, Suspense
Custom Hooks
Prop Drilling
Inference & Assertions
ReturnType & Awaited
Type Merging
Vertical & Horizontal Layouts
Conditional Classes
Responsive Design
Server-Side Operations
Searching & Filtering
Offset-Based Pagination
Cursor-Based Pagination
Search Params
useRouter, usePathname, useParams
useSearchParams vs Search Params
URLSearchParams & Typed Params
URL State & Default State
React Query
Prefetching in Server Components
Initial State in Client Component
Client-Side State Management
Refetching & Invalidation
Infinite Scrolling
Intersection Observer
Software Craftsmanship
Singleton, Sliding Window
Inversion of Control
Premature Optimizations
DRY with Abstractions
Happy & Unhappy Paths
Configuration over Composition
UI Layer
Action Layer
Query Layer
Public API Layer
Active Terminals
Terminal 1: Dev Server
Terminal 2: Git
Terminal 3: DB Studio

Former Students

"This book truly simplifies the journey of learning React! The author expertly navigates the ever-evolving React ecosystem, distilling the crucial concepts from the constantly changing developer toolchain. Thanks to this approach, I found myself seamlessly immersed in the core essence of React without the need to sift through outdated sources or waste time on irrelevant information. It's a comprehensive guide that ensures you stay focused on what truly matters in mastering React."
"The Road to React stands out as an exceptional resource for anyone delving into React development. The book's brilliance lies in its comprehensive approach, making it the best companion for React enthusiasts at any experience level. Beginners will appreciate its clear explanations and structured progression, while seasoned developers can benefit from its in-depth insights into advanced concepts. What sets this book apart is its author's commitment to keeping the content current – regularly updated to align with the latest developments in the React ecosystem, ensuring readers stay ahead in their learning journey."
Alex Sanyukovitch
"I'm an experienced backend software engineer/machine learning engineer (Google, Microsoft, startups, etc) but less familiar with web development. I purchased a pile of React books to learn everything, and The Road to React stood out as the best of the bunch. I spent part of my holiday break working through the bulk of the book. It includes practical coding exercises and bonus questions, with code solutions in the form of github commits that are linked in footnotes. All in all, a very straightforward way to learn this material rapidly in a self-study way."
The Road to Next

Entrepreneur Journey

Buy a Domain
Email DNS Records
Website DNS Records
Business Emails
Custom Domain
Environment Variables
System Variables
Message Queue
Sending Events
Receiving Events
Typed Events
E-Mail Integration
Transactional Emails
Custom Domain
Templates & Previews
User:Organization (M:N)
Email Invitations
Roles & Permissions
Advanced Authentication
Email Verification
Password Forgot
Password Change
Password Reset
Type Guards
File Upload
File Upload & Download
Presigned URLs
Stripe Billing
Pricing Plans
Products & Prices
Customer, Customer Portal
Taxes & Invoices
Stripe Subscriptions
Subscriptions & Webhooks
Cancellation & Change Plan
Product Provisioning
Trials & Discounts
GitHub Copilot
OpenAI Integration
Midjourney Usage
v0 Scaffolding
Downtime Monitoring
Error Tracking
Bug Reporting
Software Craftsmanship
Planning, Implementing, Refactoring
User Experience
Edge Cases, Hot Fixes
Race Conditions & Idempotence
Real World Business Cases
Ticketing System
Organizations with Users
Memberships and Roles
Invitations & Notifications
Billing & Subscriptions
Model Relations
Database Concepts
Referential Actions
Non-Nullable Relations
External DB References
Polymorphic Relationships
Server Only Code
Timing Attacks
Rate Limiting
E-Mail Throttling
Service Layer
Data Access Layer
Protected API Layer
Active Terminals
Terminal 1: Dev Server
Terminal 2: Git
Terminal 3: DB Studio
Terminal 4: Email
Terminal 5: Stripe
Terminal 6: Message Queue
Find Your Perfect Fit

Pricing Plans

Select the journey that suits your needs and benefit from the this learning experience.

Developer Journey


Your developer journey that covers more than the fundamentals of Next with React.

  • Developer Journey as Video Course
  • Discord Community Access
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 14-day refund guarantee
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Entrepreneur Journey


Going beyond the fundamentals with the entrepreneur journey to get a fully functional SaaS application up and running.

  • Developer Journey as Video Course
  • Entrepreneur Journey as Video Course (Coming Soon)
  • SaaS Starter Kit from the Course
  • Access a real-world 80k LoC SaaS Application
  • 2 Launch Goodies (Only during Launch)
  • Discord Community Access
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 14-day refund guarantee
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Who is this course for?

Your Background

I want to learn advanced React

While many beginner-friendly React courses are available, they often fail to address the crucial topics needed for advanced, real-world applications. Drawing from years of daily experience with React through various freelance projects, I've developed a deep understanding of what truly matters in practical applications.
In this comprehensive course, you'll learn to create custom components and hooks, clone elements, attach imperative handlers, and use composition to balance the client/server boundary. You'll also master component abstraction for reusability, seamlessly switch between client- and server-driven applications, and develop custom form validations. The course spans everything from beginner to advanced topics, including infinite scrolling and more, covering both client- and server-driven applications.

I want to become a full-stack developer

As a frontend developer, I often felt frustrated by the limitations of relying on backend developers to create APIs and waiting for their work to be completed. This dependence made me eager to take control and build full-stack applications myself.
My goal was to enhance my skills as a developer and offer greater value to my freelance clients by creating more complex and comprehensive applications, handling everything from the user interface to the database. With Next.js, I can now seamlessly bridge the gap between frontend and backend development, creating UI components and managing the data layer to access the database in one cohesive process.

I want to learn backend development as a frontend developer

Many backend courses are tailored for traditional backend developers familiar with backend technologies and programming languages, leaving frontend or JavaScript developers with limited options. This course bridges that gap by offering a backend learning experience specifically designed for those with a frontend background, using Next.js, a framework perfectly suited for frontend developers. You'll learn to create APIs, manage the data layer, and access databases, all while utilizing the same language and tools you already use for frontend development.
This comprehensive course will empower you to implement vertical features from UI to database. You'll explore essential topics such as email integrations, authentication and authorization, event-driven architectures, database migrations, multi-terminal development, and various backend layers, including service and data access layers. By mastering these skills, you'll become proficient in backend development, enhancing your capabilities as a frontend developer.

I come from a different programming language

As a freelance developer, I have collaborated with many other developers who transitioned from different programming languages to JavaScript/TypeScript. Through these collaborations, I have gained insights into the challenges they faced and the solutions that worked best.
If you are already familiar with programming, you'll find this course easy to follow. It is designed to be beginner-friendly, covering all the essential topics you need to know about JavaScript, React, and Next.js. Whether you are coming from C#, PHP, Ruby, or Java, this course will provide you with a robust foundation.

I want to become a senior web developer

Moving into a senior web developer position demands a strong grasp of both frontend and backend technologies (along with effective leadership abilities). My experiences have highlighted the necessity of mastering advanced React concepts and knowing how to create scalable applications that address real-world needs. This course is specifically crafted to provide you with the essential skills to confidently advance into a senior role from a technical perspective.
You'll not only gain technical proficiency in areas like component abstraction, server-side rendering, and database management but also learn about code architecture and software craftmanship. By the end of this course, you'll be able to mentor junior developers and contribute effectively to a project, positioning yourself as a valuable asset in any team.

I want to become a software engineer

Becoming a software engineer involves more than just coding; it requires a solid foundation in architecture, design patterns, and problem-solving. My journey from a self-taught developer to a software engineer has taught me the importance of understanding the underlying principles of software development.
You will learn to think critically about software problems and design solutions that are not only functional but also maintainable. By mastering both frontend and backend skills, you will be well-equipped to approach software engineering challenges with confidence, making you a strong candidate in the tech industry.

I want to become a freelance developer

Achieving success as a freelance developer relies heavily on strong technical skills. Throughout my journey, I've discovered that mastering programming languages like JavaScript and frameworks such as React/Next is essential for delivering high-quality products. This course is designed to provide you with the technical knowledge necessary to excel in a freelance setting (from a technical perspective), empowering you to confidently tackle a range of client projects.
You'll gain practical experience in developing robust applications. By the end of this course, you'll be equipped to manage various freelance projects, whether that involves mentoring developers transitioning from different programming languages or creating an MVP for a client. This foundation will enable you to deliver outstanding results and position yourself for success in the competitive freelance market.

I want to become a technical founder

To become a successful technical founder, it's essential to have a strong understanding of software development principles combined with an entrepreneurial mindset. My experiences have demonstrated that grasping both technical and business elements is vital for building a successful startup. This course is designed to provide you with the technical expertise needed to create innovative solutions.
Throughout the course, you'll learn how to transform your ideas into functional applications using React and Next.js. By establishing a solid foundation in technical skills, you'll be better equipped to launch successful projects and tackle the challenges that come with being a founder in the tech industry.

What is this course about?


"The Road to Next" is a video course for developers who want to build real-world applications with Next.js. Whether you're a beginner or a frontend developer looking to transition to full-stack, this course equips you with the skills to create modern web applications using cutting-edge technologies.

In this video series, you'll learn to set up your development environment and deploy applications to production. The course covers advanced React concepts, backend development, and essential full-stack skills, giving you a solid foundation in the development process.

By the end of the course, you'll have the tools and expertise to confidently tackle complex projects. You'll enhance your technical skills and gain access to a supportive community, setting yourself up for success in the competitive tech industry.

  • Transform into a Full-Stack Developer
  • Break Free from Frontend Limits
  • Dive into Backend Mastery
  • Craft Real-World Applications
  • Launch Your Applications Live
  • Master Advanced React Techniques
  • Become Part of a Thriving Community
  • Boost Your Technical Expertise

Have any questions?

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this offering a video course or a starter kit project?

It's both. It's a comprehensive course on Next.js covering all aspects. Upon completion, you'll have a fully operational starter kit to get started with any project.

Do I need to know JavaScript?

Yes, you should have a basic understanding of JavaScript to follow along with the course. If you are coming from a different programming language though, you should be fine as well.

Do I need to know TypeScript?

Basic knowledge is beneficial, but overall not needed. You will pick up TypeScript along the way.

Do I need to know React?

There will be a primer on React. If you are completely new to React, you can check out The Road to React which you can perfectly read on the side to get up to speed with React.

Do I need to know Next.js?

No, you do not need to know Next.js. The course will teach you everything you need to know about Next.js.

If I don't like the course, is there a refund policy?

Yes, there is a 14-day money-back guarantee. If you're not satisfied with the course, you can request a refund within 14 days of your purchase.

Is there a student discount?

Yes. As a student you are eligible for a 20% discount. Please reach out to us with a valid student ID to receive your discount.

Can I gift the course to somebody else?

Yes, you can gift the course to somebody upon purchase.

Will there be a certificate of completion?

Yes, you will receive a certificate of completion upon finishing the course.

Will there be Purchasing Power Parity?

It's not available in the course platform yet, but you can hit me up with a proof of residence from a country with a lower income and I'll hand out a discount.

Can I pay in in installments?

Yes, you can pay in installments upon purchase.

Can I buy the modules individually?

No, the course is only available in the packages listed here.