The Rise of Progressive Web Applications

by Jay Joyce - Feb 20, 2018

Ok, so now you have a new term to pen into your web syntax - progressive web applications or PWAs. The new term comes from a blurring of lines between mobile apps and regular web pages. Progress web applications actually are web applications that are regular websites that appear to the user like a mobile application. These PWAs combine the features of most contemporary web browsers with the benefits of mobile experiences.

How Did the Progressive Web Application Rise?

"A little over ten years ago, web technologies saw a shift from static to dynamic documents driven by the hosting server, client-side tools and responsive site designs," said Jay Joyce with The Idea People. "Not that native mobile apps are going away any time soon, but modern browsers and development languages are creating web environments that can support app-like experiences."

All of this rise in progressive web application development stemmed from the quest to take apps that first appeared with the launch of the iPhone in 2010 and make them all better. "The internet itself enabled incredible online communities of developers to share bits and pieces of code that eventually shaped and built new generations of browsers and capabilities on the fly," added Joyce. "The race was on to see how quickly technology advances could be launched to enhance or change platforms, access to data, games or ways in how we consume social media."

Characteristics of a Progressive Web ApplicationProgressive web application development with The Idea People in Charlotte, NC.

Since the lines between apps and websites are becoming more blurred, let's try to help you learn more about what a PWA is and how you can distinguish a PWA from a regular mobile app.

As of the beginning of February 2018, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are the browsers currently supporting PWAs but more browsers are coming online as they can.

Some Examples of Progressive Web Applications

"Here at TIP, we see the use of PWAs with our B2B clients as faster deployment opportunities for broader audiences at smaller budget levels," added Joyce. "The iOS and Android native developers are not required for the PWA projects at 100% so their heavy-lifting skills can be used on language-specific projects over web-based PWA projects."

To learn how PWAs could work for your business, please contact Jay Joyce at jay@theideapeople.com or call 704-398-4437. We can develop custom PWAs for your customer base to connect disparate systems, client portals, CRM systems and just about any other 3rd party API or platform.

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