Offline First: Progressive Web Apps, Service workers and App Cache

February 20, 2017
6:00pm

6:00 pm, Dinner and Networking

6:30 pm,  "Offline First: Progressive Web Apps, Service Workers and App Cache" with Geoff Filippi


"Offline First: Progressive Web Apps, Service workers and App Cache" with Geoff Filippi


Slow connections. Congested connections. Urban canyons. Poor coverage. Dead zones. Tunnels. Rural areas. Wilderness. Airplanes.

Offline happens. Mobile users are at the mercy of wireless carriers to improve the network. Meanwhile, there is something that web developers can do to help disconnected users. Developers can manage poor network connectivity. Users can download progressive web apps that actually work without a network. 


Native mobile applications are expected to be usable offline. Mobile-first web applications can benefit from the same capability.


Service Workers are a new feature in the web browser that enable offline applications. Service Workers are replacing the deprecated Application Cache. They are ready to use on Android device browsers. However, on Apple iOS devices, we are stuck using App Cache, for now.


In this talk, Geoff Filippi, will cover the current and upcoming options for offline applications. We will review the technologies available for developing cross-platform offline web apps. We will see how the offline capabilities of mobile web browsers compare to native applications.

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