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Navdeep Singh Gill | 12 December 2022

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What is Progressive Web App Framework?

PWA's result from a unique cross-platform app development technique that provides web pages installed on mobile phones via mobile browsers.

What are Progressive Web Apps?

Progressive Web Apps (PWA) is a web app that uses service workers, manifests, and other web platform features combined with progressive extensions to provide users with an experience comparable to native apps.

It is a type of web page or website called a web application, so it doesn't need to be bundled or distributed separately. The developer can easily publish her web application online, ensuring that it meets basic "installability" requirements, and users can add the application to their home screen. Publishing the app on digital distribution systems such as the Apple App Store and Google Play is optional.

Best examples are:

Flipkart use it for its popular e-commerce platform, Flipkart Lite, and SBB uses it for its online check-in process, allowing users without an internet connection to access their tickets.

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What are the features of PWA?

Some core features of PWAs are as follows:

  • Offline work capability: Progressive web apps are more than just super-fast apps. You can continue working even if the user is offline or the Internet connection is unreliable or slow. Service workers (the technology responsible for this feature) give your app the flexibility to store and pull network requests from your local cache.
  • Easy installation and Discoverable: It is a website with some additional features so you can find it on regular search engines such as Google and Bing. You don't have to dig deep into the thousands of apps that appear daily in the app store.
  • Does the phone feature usage: It have many ways to access device features on Android and a few ways on iOS. Use a camera, GPS, or fingerprint scanner like an app to improve the user experience.
  • Do automatic updates: Releasing a new version of a mobile app can be a nightmare for publishers. With it, you don't have to wait for Apple or Google approval to get users to download updates. Just upload a new file to the server. For example, PWA allows publishers to implement patches immediately. This gives you complete control over your content.
  • Safety: Using the HTTPS protocol, the data you send is encrypted, making it more difficult to intercept or modify. In addition, users recognize HTTPS as a guarantee of publisher security and reliability, and Google is giving additional points to search rankings for its use.
  • Got app-like interface: The overall idea behind PWAs is to find a way to combine the best possible experience (app-like experience) with the open nature of the web.  From the user's point of view, except for the download method, you can hardly tell the difference between it and native apps. However, how these are created, launched, updated, and shared fundamentally differs from native apps.
  • Push Notifications: As part of a good messaging strategy, push notifications can attract customers and motivate them to open their apps and use them more often, but this feature is not available for IOS users.
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Why to choose it?

As the value of progressive web technology is undeniable, more and more frameworks and tools are appearing on the market. Framework selection is an essential first step in any project, and there are several deciding factors to consider to make the right choice.

As each framework has its capabilities, the expected feature sets of future applications and the expected size, complexity, scalability, and presence of interactive or multimedia elements all play an essential role in solution selection.

If the website experience explicitly depends on normal browsing, back/forward functionality, network-dependent dynamic content, and access to the address bar, then it would be a worse version of your site and will bring no value to the owner. And users. Therefore, PWA development should be approached with care and, if possible, contact dedicated application development professionals.

Progressive Web Apps vs. Native Application

For your business to thrive and develop, your users are crucial. Therefore, weighing the benefits and drawbacks from the user's viewpoint is necessary before deciding whether to utilize a progressive web application or a native app. So let's compare both from the standpoint of the end consumer :

Download & Installation

Simple workflows and ease of use are favorites among mobile users. Most people search for a solution on the go rather than installing an app solely for information or one-time use.

In this situation, PWAs give you an advantage. Unlike native mobile apps, a user does not need to install it to discover information, communicate with a company, or make a transaction.

Performance

It operate on a third-party browser, but they load faster. This implies that there will always be a potential for lag and substantial battery use.

On the other hand, once installed, a native app seamlessly becomes a part of the smartphone. Compared to PWAs, it can utilize the hardware and device features better. Furthermore, due to the platform-centric coding, native mobile applications are more potent and perform well.

Features & Functionalities

Progressive web applications can't always offer the capabilities and functions that native apps can. Geofencing, NFC-based mobile payments, inter-app connectivity, and intelligent sensors need to be improved with it.

Additionally, a PWA cannot offer push alerts to iOS users. For that, you need a native app. Therefore, you should consider developing native apps if you want to use push notifications or any of the abovementioned capabilities.

Offline Availability

PWAs can deliver portions of the web app simultaneously, promising offline functionality. It have restrictions if the user requests any information (or feature) that isn't covered by the built-in caching system. Consider it this way: You can explore the app's static pages, but you can only submit a form once connectivity has been restored.

Native apps, on the other hand, do far better in this regard. Even if the user is not online constantly, a native app will give a consistent experience (information and offline functionality).

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What are the top 6 Progressive Web App Frameworks?

The best Progressive Web App development Frameworks are highlighted below:

React

In the field of its development, React is recognized as a leading citizen thanks to its "Create New React Apps" generator and all its initiatives to make it the new web standard. 

And why React is so popular among PWA developers has a lot to do with how React can enable more flexible development due to its nature as a library rather than a full-fledged framework like Angular or, in other words, compared to Angular's Model-View-Controller pattern, React library has only  View and it can only inject HTML into JavaScript Activity with virtual DOM server-side rendering.

Angular

It is a great framework to work with. It is completely modular, with every Angular element fully compatible with projects built using other frameworks. The development process with Angular is also much easier, as it is designed to save you from having to deal with monotonous and repetitive tasks. It is built with Angular also benefit significantly from its unique compilation approach. This can speed up the rendering of your application by converting Angular HTML and TypeScript code into efficient JavaScript code before the browser downloads and runs your app. The Progressive Web App Development Framework lets you build it from JSON configuration, eliminating the need to build web apps from scratch. Unlike previous versions that required a lot of expertise to work, Angular 8 has two additional CLI commands to install web apps on mobile devices easily.

Iconic

The open-source SDK, Ionic, is based on the Angular Progressive Web Application framework and Apache Cordova. Designed in 2013, it has been used to develop more than five million hybrid apps to date.

Ionic is an ideal choice for PWA development because of its extensive library of components for iOS and Android. This can be used to create web pages that run in the device's browser using WebView.

Vue

Like React, VueJS shares many basic similarities. Both use the Virtual DOM for lightweight and efficient DOM representation. The difference between them is the way Vue adopts and improves on existing web technologies - HTML and CSS, while React goes a more advanced route where it mainly uses JavaScript. For this reason, people new to the user interface may find a more familiar time learning and developing a PWA in Vue,  making Vue's learning curve more forgiving for newbies.

Polymer

Developed by Google, Polymer is also an open-source web application framework. Consisting of a wide range of templates, its tools, and web components, it uses HTML, JS, and CSS, making it a standalone framework. 
 In addition, Polymer tools and components are supported on many browsers, such as Chrome and Opera. This property makes the polymer highly accessible and adaptable.

Svelte

Like Vue, Svelte is a new component-based framework. Although written radically differently, it has established itself as a "reactive framework" in the market. It will be distributed under the MIT license. The latest version was released in 2019 and was soon adopted by the New York Times and GoDaddy.

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What are the best tools for it?

The best Progressive Web App Tools are listed below:

Webpack Module Bundler

One of the distinguishing features of progressive web apps is that they can work offline. Webpack, an open-source JavaScript module bundler, is the best tool for adding an offline experience to your PWA.

Webpack is designed to create dependency graphs between non-coded JavaScript files such as fonts, images, and CSS elements. Such graphs eliminate the need for dependency management, reduce the number of server calls, and speed up the loading of static items.

Unfortunately, Webpack's learning curve is steep, and not an exceptionally readable document, making it a tool for experienced developers only.

Lighthouse PWA Analytics Tool

Lighthouse is an automated web application and open-source tool for its inspection created by Google and available from Chrome DevTools. This tool is essential for both app developers and support specialists as it accurately assesses performance, accessibility, progressive improvements, and search engine optimization levels. 

Lighthouse assigns each parameter a rating score (a number between 0 and 100) and a list of failed/passed audits. You can also perform additional checks manually with this tool.

PWA Builder

Founded by Microsoft itself to drive its adoption forward, it is designed to be the best tool it can be, converting websites into fast, functional, and engaging it. cross-platform-form. The recently released PWA Builder 2.0 also extends official support for the WebKit-driven Mac computing platform. The framework aims to build cross-platform, including availability where it's impossible, like the Microsoft Store and Mac. Well, macOS, as version 2.0 of the recently released it Builder, has extended official support for WebKit-enabled browsers.

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Conclusion

PWAs can be a terrific addition to your toolset, but keep in mind that they are still being fully exploited in the business and are relatively new.

Starting with it could enhance sales and financial gain for your product as an individual or company by using the most recent technology and the appropriate instruments. With its numerous features, which include speed, offline functionality, and performance similar to native software, This provides a beautiful experience for your users and keeps them happy. Cases when you should consider using Progressive Web Apps such as, When the budget is less to create a full-fledged app Proper indexing in search engines is fundamental. Cross-platform compatibility is important for your business.