Category Archives: programming

Web Components: The Long Game

Mikeal Rogers reached out last week to talk about Web Components, which surprised me, but his follow-up blog post is essential, timely reading. Dimitri Glazkov, Alex Komoroske, and I started the project that designed and (for many years) iterated on Web Components with a few primary goals in mind: Enhance component portability Shrink the amount […]

What, Exactly, Makes Something A Progressive Web App?

Since Frances and I published a blog post last year introducing Progressive Web Apps, a healthy conversation has started about what is and isn’t a PWA. There are a lot of opinions and many shades of gray. What are the hard requirements? Which requirements are marginal? What’s aspirational? This article outlines these requirements, attempts to […]

Not The Post I Wanted To Be Writing…

I was on holiday after I/O last week when Jeremy wrote up some of his thoughts on the current state of PWA UI treatment for URL access. We chatted on Twitter (apologies to Frances) and he followed up here. A few things seem obscured by the debate so far: Most “opens” of PWAs happen in […]

Service Workers and PWAs: It’s About Reliable Performance, Not “Offline”

A lot of smart folks keep asking me why AppCache isn’t a good enough solution for “offline” and why it was necessary to invent Service Workers. It’s a great question! Motivated by the regrettably uneven browser support landscape for Service Workers, there’s a real incentive to “just make something work offline” on iOS or old-IE. […]