What Is A Progressive Web App?

It was more than 10 years ago that the iPhone was first revealed. I’ll never forget learning about the ability to create apps for the iPhone while watching the 2007 WWDC Keynote. Steve Jobs talked at length about how developers would be able to contribute to the iPhone ecosphere with apps they created. Never once, however, was it mentioned that apps were to exist natively on the iPhone. Instead, Steve Jobs talked about how apps could be created for Safari (the mobile web browser bundled with the iPhone). Since then, native apps have taken over the mobile ecosystem. Web Apps never really took off like they were intended. Now, we are starting to see a decline in developers cranking out native apps. Instead developers are looking for alternative solutions to building great mobile experiences. Native apps are slowly being replaced by another type of web app, the Progressive Web App (PWA). What is a Progressive Web App you ask? Keep reading, as the intention of this article is to get you up to speed on the latest technology developers are looking at to create mobile apps.

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