What are Progressive Web Apps?

Progressive Web Apps overview and features of PWA production with JS Frameworks
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What is Progressive Web Apps? 

Progressive Web Apps (PWA) was announced by Google in 2015. This format of creating mobile websites attracted attention due to the relative ease of development and almost instantaneous interaction with the user. As early as May 2016, at the Google I / O Developer Conference, The Washington Post demonstrated its mobile hybrid site-application.

What is PWA? You can perceive this as a site built using web technologies, but which interacts with the user as an application. The advances in the development of browsers, cache and Push-interfaces allowed installing the application on the home screen directly from the browser, receiving pop-up notifications and even working offline.

Main differences between PWA and native apps.

1. In browsers of Google, Opera, Firefox and Microsoft PWA can be loaded on any gadgets, regardless of the screen size and other specifications. In addition, developers of browser data will offer users to install PWA on the second visit of the site.

2. Application developers note that creating a progressive application is easier and faster than a regular site.

3. You do not need an API with backward compatibility support. In the case of PWA, users run the same version of the site code (unlike classic applications).

And this is only the beginning. Microsoft is already working on the task of how to add progressive web applications to the Windows Store. Google in May 2016 voiced a long list of ideas for the development of advanced applications. And the fact that search engines will pay special attention to PWA in the future seems inevitable.

Features of PWA production with JS Frameworks 

Learn how the world’s largest brands ship Progressive Web Apps that instantly load on mobile hardware. Take a look at how apps built using React, Preact, Vue, Angular & Polymer can be used to build instantly interactive, engaging & data-plan sensitive user experiences. How this investment paid off on core business metrics. Learn PWA best practices, patterns for efficiently loading websites and the latest tools for getting fast and staying fast.

Apache NetBeans 11.1 to be Available

New version supports Java SE, Java EE, PHP, JavaScript and Groovy; C\C++ support is planned to be implemented in one of the next releases
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The Apache Software Foundation has introduced the Apache NetBeans 11.1 integrated development environment. This is the third release prepared by the Apache Foundation after the transfer of NetBeans code by Oracle and the first release after transferring the project from the incubator to the category of primary Apache projects. The release contains support for such programming languages as Java SE, Java EE, PHP, JavaScript and Groovy. The transfer of C / C ++ support from the code base transferred by Oracle is expected in one of the next releases.

  • Added support for Java EE 8 with the ability to build web applications using Maven or Gradle. 
  • Added support for new Java features.
  • Added examples for Gluon OpenJFX;
  • Improved support for Maven and Gradle build systems. 
  • Added the ability to use Graal.js, a JavaScript implementation based on GraalVM;
  • Implemented separation of caches with Truffle code between different debugging sessions;
  • Added syntax highlighting support for Kotlin code;
  • Implemented the ability to autocomplete code patterns in the Jade language;
  • Added PHP 7.4 support and updated PHP examples;
  • Improved performance on high pixel density (HiDPI) screens. The splash screen, tab delimiters and icons that are displayed at startup are adapted for HiDPI;
  • A transition to a new development cycle, involving the quarterly formation of new issues, has been completed.

Get more info at the official website.