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Progressive Web Application Development by Example

By : Chris Love
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Progressive Web Application Development by Example

By: Chris Love

Overview of this book

Are you a developer that wants to create truly cross-platform user experiences with a minimal footprint, free of store restrictions and features customers want? Then you need to get to grips with Progressive Web Applications (PWAs), a perfect amalgamation of web and mobile applications with a blazing-fast response time. Progressive Web Application Development by Example helps you explore concepts of the PWA development by enabling you to develop three projects, starting with a 2048 game. In this game, you will review parts of a web manifest file and understand how a browser uses properties to define the home screen experience. You will then move on to learning how to develop and use a podcast client and be introduced to service workers. The application will demonstrate how service workers are registered and updated. In addition to this, you will review a caching API so that you have a firm understanding of how to use the cache within a service worker, and you'll discover core caching strategies and how to code them within a service worker. Finally, you will study how to build a tickets application, wherein you’ll apply advanced service worker techniques, such as cache invalidation. Also, you'll learn about tools you can use to validate your applications and scaffold them for quality and consistency. By the end of the book, you will have walked through browser developer tools, node modules, and online tools for creating high-quality PWAs.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

Key performance indicators

The first step to creating a fast site or improving an existing site is to use tools to measure your performance and knowing what to measure. You should create a performance baseline and make iterative changes to improve your performance profile.

In this section, I will review different metrics you should measure, why you need to track them, and how to improve them.

Time to first byte

The time it takes to retrieve the first response byte is the time to first byte. This moment starts the response download. The most important network request is for the document. Once downloaded, the rest of the network resources (images, scripts, style sheets, and so on) can be downloaded.

You can break down the time...