Part 8: Final Thoughts
This blog post series intends to cover everything there is to know about turning an APEX application into a Progressive Web App.
This documentation is also available on my blog.
APEX as a PWA: The Complete Guide
- Part 1: Introducing PWA
- Part 2: Setup and Development Tips
- Part 4: Installing an APEX App into a Mobile Device
- Part 5: Using an APEX App Offline
- Part 6: Handling Background Sync
- Part 7: Sending Push Notifications
- Part 8: Final Thoughts
I started looking into progressive web apps when submitting abstracts for Kscope18 in Orlando. At that time I didn't realized how powerful they were, or how useful they would be. A few months later, I gave the talk, but you can only explain so much in less than an hour, so it was much less in depth than this repository.
The term Progressive Web App is getting a lot more traction. But is it just just another buzzword? After much research, I can attest that it's not. It's actually a boring term to describe what is it: a series of concepts to progressively enhance your application experience.
That's very important to understand: you do not need to implement all PWA features at once. Start with one, perhaps an easy one, like in Part 4: Installing an APEX App into a Mobile Device, then move progressively towards the other features. Eventually, you will get close to a complete PWA, but it should not be goal from the start. Especially with Part 6: Handling Background Sync, where the methodology requires manual coding of many aspects in an application. Baby steps.
I think we can only get more demand for PWA in the future, as their features becomes more mainstream in web patterns. I know PWA have a bright future and I feel very strongly about their adoption in APEX, because I think APEX is a pretty damn good candidate for it.
Writing this guide took a lot more time than I expected. To all of you book writers in the tech community, I raise my glass. But at the end of the day, explaining code in depth is immensely gratifying because the content sinks in much more. I feel much more knowledgeable about progressive web apps now than I was at Kscope18 when I gave the talk.
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