Tools - Do you use Nx to manage your huge JavaScript solution?

Last updated by Chris Clement [SSW] over 1 year ago.See history

One of the main problems working on a huge monorepo solution is usually the development experience and the build time. Nx is one of many tools that can improve this experience in JavaScript projects.

The amount of code that needs to be processed by the compiler scales proportionally with the solution size. Hence, the compile time will grow naturally as the solution grows in size. This surely affects both the development experience and the team's velocity, leaving both developers and stakeholders unhappy.

Nx is a JavaScript build system that aims to make developing on monorepo solution easier and faster. Nx offers the following features:

Currently, Nx supports many frameworks, such as Angular, React, Node, and many more.

Adding a tool such as Nx to a project will obviously add another moving parts to the solution, so it's a good idea to know the advantages and disadvantages of Nx.



  • Additional external dependency to be maintained
  • Learning curve
  • Only supports JavaScript projects

Consider using Nx in a project when your solution:

  • Is a JavaScript monorepo
  • Is medium to large sized
  • Contains multiple projects
  • Share codes between projects
  • Has slow build time
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