Implementing Progressive Web Apps with React
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Implementing Progressive Web Apps with React

A Practical Guide to create Web Apps that provides a native experience to the users

About the Book

In this book we are going to implement a Progressive Web App (PWA) using a step-by-step approach. This learning experience starts with an already crafted React application called Task List, created using the create-react-app tool with the cra-template-pwa template, which gives us a good starting point for building a progressive web app.

We will go into the details about how to make the web app installable and after that how to improve the user experience by adding offline support to the web app. To make the learning process smooth I will first add offline support for the read-only use cases of the application. After that, I will show how to provide full offline support by using the IndexedDB database and the Background Sync service. I will also explain how to update progressive web apps. How users get notified that there is a new release of the application waiting to be installed and how that actually happens.

About the Author

Enrique Pablo Molinari
Enrique Pablo Molinari

Enrique Molinari holds a Master in Software Engineering at Universidad Nacional de La Plata (Argentina). With 20 years of experience in the software industry he has worked in many software projects as developer, technical lead and architect. He is also professor at Universidad Nacional de Río Negro, in charge of the Object Oriented Design and Advanced Database Systems undergraduate courses.

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    • Progressive?
    • And... Progressive Web Apps?
    • Capabilities of Progressive Web Apps
  • Crafting your First PWA
    • Configure the Development Environment
    • Task List React Application
    • The Service Worker
    • Making the Web App Installable
    • Supporting Offline
  • Handling New Releases
    • The Update Process
    • Manual Update
  • Incorporating Background Sync
    • The Background Sync capability
    • Using IndexedDB
    • Adding IndexedDB and Background Sync to Task List
    • Handling Syncing Errors

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