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Progressive Web Apps with React

By : Scott Domes
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Progressive Web Apps with React

By: Scott Domes

Overview of this book

For years, the speed and power of web apps has lagged behind native applications. Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) aim to solve this by bridging the gap between the web apps and native apps, delivering a host of exciting features. Simultaneously, React is fast becoming the go-to solution for building modern web UIs, combining ease of development with performance and capability. Using React alongside PWA technology will make it easy for you to build a fast, beautiful, and functional web app. After an introduction and brief overview of the goals of PWAs, the book moves on to setting up the application structure. From there, it covers the Webpack build process and the process of creating React components. You'll learn how to set up the backend database and authentication solution to communicate with Firebase and how to work with React Router. Next, you will create and configure your web app manifest, making your PWA installable on mobile devices. Then you'll get introduced to service workers and see how they work as we configure the app to send push notifications using Firebase Cloud Messaging. We'll also explore the App Shell pattern, a key concept in PWAs and look at its advantages regarding efficient performance. Finally, you'll learn how to add of?ine capabilities to the app with caching and confirm your progress by auditing your PWA with Lighthouse. Also, you'll discover helper libraries and shortcuts that will help you save time and understand the future of PWA development.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
Title Page
About the Author
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback

Articles to read

The following articles cover manifestos, tutorials, and lists, all about the rise of PWAs and the best ways to build them.

Native apps are doomed

JavaScript guru Eric Elliott impassioned declaration in favor of Progressive Web Apps. It's a deep dive into the costs of native applications and the benefit of PWAs. It's good material to convince bosses and coworkers who are debating building for native. The follow-up article is also excellent.

A grab bag of assorted PWA tips from Dean Hume. Check it out for fun stuff, such as offline Google Analytics and testing service workers (more on that as we go ahead).

Testing service workers

Service workers are the heart and soul of Progressive Web App functionality. We want to ensure that they're working right. How can we unit test them?