Raymond Camden talks about “Progressive Web Apps (A Gentle Intro for CFers who are scared of PWAs)” in this episode of ColdFusion Alive podcast with host Michaela Light. By our nature web developers are prone to anxiety.
- What is a Progressive Web App (PWA) from a high level
- The next level from Web 2.0
- “Progressive Web Apps are user experiences that have the reach of the web, and are:
- What is a PWA in more detail?
- A Progressive Web App is:
- Progressive – Works for every user, regardless of browser choice because it's built with progressive enhancement as a core tenet.
- Responsive – Fits any form factor: desktop, mobile, tablet, or whatever is next.
- Connectivity independent – Enhanced with service workers to work offline or on low-quality networks.
- App-like – Feels like an app, because the app shell model separates the application functionality from application content .
- Fresh – Always up-to-date thanks to the service worker update process.
- Safe – Served via HTTPS to prevent snooping and to ensure content hasn't been tampered with.
- Discoverable – Is identifiable as an “application” thanks to W3C manifest and service worker registration scope, allowing search engines to find it.
- Re-engageable – Makes re-engagement easy through features like push notifications.
- Installable – Allows users to add apps they find most useful to their home screen without the hassle of an app store.
- Linkable – Easily share the application via URL, does not require complex installation.
- (from https://developers.google.com/web/progressive-web-apps/ )
- Why care?
- Better UX, more engagement, more ad revenue or sales
- How compare to a native app
- Easier to build
- Very easy to install (just go to the website link!)
- Cross device on release
- Not for complex
- Progressive – grac
- Background sync
- Push notifications
- How different from Responsive web apps?
- Progressive apps are responsive with other features too
- Famous Examples
- Uber – runs great even on 2G networks
- tech details https://eng.uber.com/m-uber/
- Pinterest – user engagement time up 40%, ad revenue up 44%
- Tinder – 90% reduction in download size
- Forbes – content load time down from 6.5 to 2.5 seconds, 40% increase in user engagement
- Uber – runs great even on 2G networks
- What is the preferred way of building a PWA?
- Uses Mobile chrome features
- Bootstrap for the responsive part
- Offline libraries for connectivity independence
- What are you looking forward to at ITB?
Mentioned in this episode
- Chrome User Experience report (CrUX)
- Brad Wood CommandBox episode
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Raymond Camden is a senior developer advocate for Auth0 Extend. His work focuses on Extend, serverless customization, and the web in general. He's a published author and presents at conferences and user groups on a variety of topics. Raymond can be reached at his blog (www.raymondcamden.com), @raymondcamden on Twitter, or via email at email@example.com.
Welcome back to the show today we're talking about progressive web apps, something that you might have been afraid of. But after this gentle introduction from Ray Camden, you are going to be all over them. And he's going to be speaking at into the box about this topic, and very excited to have him if you're not sure what a progressive web app is, will go into that. But it seems to be reliable, fast, engaging,
connectivity, independent, responsive, all kinds of good things will go into the details of what it is what technologies you might use to make it appear in your web app. So and if you don't know, Ray is the sub in senior developer advocate for off zero, extend. And he works on extend and service customization and a web in general. And he talks at all kinds of conferences, as well as into the box. So welcome, Ray. Thank you.
Raymond Camden 1:12
Thank you for having me. You're welcome. Always a delight. So what exactly is a web app, progressive web app progress, high level my level. So it is basically a set of expectations, certain functionality, I like to think of it, think of it like we used to think of web two point O web two point O was a big marketing term, like four or five years ago. And there were certain expectations about what a web two point O app was. It uses Ajax, and pretty much that was it.