Progressive Web Applications For Production In 1-2-3 (Part 1)
In part one of this three-part hands-on coding series, we’ll look at why the idea of Progressive Web Apps has become so popular, which APIs are in the game, and where (browsers/platforms) PWAs work. We start by answering these questions and then dive directly into coding a minimum viable PWA to understand the foundations of Service Workers and to make sure that it’s cool to have some helper tools there. Feel free to either just watch, or code along too!
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About The Session
Part 2 of Max’s PWA course will take place on 23 April. Register here (password: pwa2daMax).
The agenda for part one:
- What is a PWA and what advantages does it provide?
- Browser APIs and specifications we use in PWA and compatibility chart
- Requirements for our Minimum Viable Product PWA
- Application shell architecture
- Service Worker and browser storage foundations
- Implementing a naive version of the application shell
- How to test Service Workers
- Making our app installable
Feel free to either just watch, or code along too!
Message from Max for those who will attend: “A message from the trainer. Folks who want to code/run/test together with me (this is optional) are welcome to do simple homework to save some time during the call.
- First, make sure you have Git, Node, NPM installed. Any modern version is fine.
- Then please upgrade your Chrome to the latest (or install it). I absolutely embrace the browser diversity - and it would be cool if you test our app in other browsers - but we’ll spend a lot of time in the DevTools, which are the best in Chrome for the moment.
- Install one global package - serve - by running “npm install serve -g”. This will be our local static webserver. If you want to use any other product you are welcome!
- Clone the repo and switch to the branch with the initial step we start from:
npm install serve -g
git clone https://github.com/webmaxru/pwa-for-production
git checkout part-1-init
The last command here is starting the “serve” server - I preconfigured it for you. Now open your browser on http://localhost:5000. You should see a simple SPA with “PWA For Production” title. That’s it! You are ready to go!
Tech background: the app we will use was built using Angular. But we don’t care about the framework at all during this (and all next) session - I checked in a production-ready build for you (in the dist folder), so we focus purely on the framework-agnostic code. But if you like (totally optional), you can build the app yourself using Angular CLI:
npm run build-pwa
That’s it! I can’t wait to see you soon! Any questions about the setup? My https://twitter.com/webmaxru is open for you!
Please note, we’ll use the Zoom platform for this webinar, for improved video quality.