Progressive web applications : The future of web apps

By  ShC    9 - 08 July, 22
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PWA full form or stand for Progressive web app are the next generation of mobile apps. PWA apps are fast, secure, and they work on any device.

 

Progressive Web Apps use modern web technologies to create native-like experiences for users. PWAs are built using HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, and other web standards.

 

The internet is a fantastic platform. The web is a unique platform for developing software due to its ubiquity across devices and operating systems, user-centered security paradigm, and the fact that neither its definition nor its implementation is controlled by a single business. When combined with its inherent linkability, you may search it and share anything you find with anyone, anywhere. When you visit a website, it is current, and your interaction with that site can be as brief or as long as you like. With a single codebase, web apps can reach anybody, everywhere, and on any device.



Applications that are platform-specific are renowned for being very rich and reliable. They can always be seen on taskbars, docks, and home screens. They function even without a network connection. They start off as separate experiences. They may interact with data saved on your smartphone, such as contacts and calendar events, read and write files from the local file system, access devices linked through USB, serial connection, or bluetooth, and more. PWA apps allow you to capture images, view playing music on the home screen, and manage song playback even when you're using another app.

 

Who uses Progressive web apps? Well, Instagram, Facebook, Uber, Tinder, Uber and the majority of other apps.

 

Features of Progressive web apps (PWA)

A web application with additional features. Such as

 

Responsive : Progressive Web apps are responsive, they can work on all the devices.

 

Reliable : Progressive Web apps load instantly and work without the Internet or low speed Internet speed network like 2G. The web app should run smoothly.

 

Capable : Progressive web apps support push notifications.The progressive web apps stay updated automatically. Web apps are more capable than ever, and their capabilities are only increasing, thanks to current APIs, WebAssembly, and new and future APIs. Progressive web apps added a splash screen during startup of the app, making it feel like a native app.

 

Installable : Progressive Web Apps that have been installed operate in a separate window rather than a browser tab. They may be started from the user's desktop, taskbar, dock, or shelf.



PWA and Modern UI Frameworks

 

Some people think PWA are compatible with modern UI frameworks like React, Angular, or any other framework. Well, perhaps not always. PWA simply needs the necessary components. It has nothing to do with the framework you're using.

 

Progressive Web apps examples 

 

Take Instagram as an progressive web apps example. As you can still launch the app when there is no network, read older messages and see a few posts, and even respond to the messages. The messages are sent in the background as soon as your phone establishes an internet connection.

 

The Progressive Web App (PWA) in web applications offers this.


How does PWA make web apps available offline ?

You might be thinking now how exactly can web apps open without the internet ?

Well, Native apps work offline because while we install the app from play store or app store, the resources like UI components and data stored in the device. This is exactly what happens with the progressive web apps.

The progressive web apps (PWA) - stores the resources of web apps such as HTML files, CSS files and images in the browser cache. This is achieved by Service workers.