Offline Sync for Progressive Web Apps "Ask Me Anything" at IBM Think

Offline Sync for Progressive Web Apps "Ask Me Anything" at IBM Think

With the introduction of progressive web apps and browser APIs like persistent storage, payments, geolocation and push notifications, it's now possible to build full-featured mobile apps on the web platform. One important aspect of progressive web apps is the concept of building your app to be "offline-first." With an offline-first approach, you first design your app for the most resource-constrained environment. This approach provides a consistent user experience whether the user’s device has no connectivity, limited connectivity or great connectivity. One of the biggest benefits of offline-first apps is that they can be very fast, as they provide zero-latency access to content and data stored directly on the device.

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Bradley Holt

March 19, 2018
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    Think 2018 / March 19, 2018 / © 2018 IBM

    Corporation Meet the Experts: Offline Sync for Progressive Web Apps — Bradley Holt Developer Advocate Senior Software Engineer
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    Web or mobile app? IBM Cloud / March 6, 2018

    / © 2018 IBM Corporation iPhone 4 - Bottom View with Bumper by William Hook, on Flickr <https://flic.kr/p/8e7p2s> (CC BY-SA 2.0).
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    Progressive Web Apps IBM Cloud / March 6, 2018 /

    © 2018 IBM Corporation Provides both the discoverability of a web app and the reliable, fast, and engaging user experience of a native mobile app
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    Not just offline… IBM Cloud / March 6, 2018 /

    © 2018 IBM Corporation Accès wi-fi à Gorakshep (5140m) by Jerome Bon, on Flickr <https://flic.kr/p/bDzjj5> (CC BY 2.0).
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    Reliable, fast, and engaging user experience— regardless of network connectivity

    IBM Cloud / March 6, 2018 / © 2018 IBM Corporation Static Wallpaper by James Spinks, on Flickr <https://flic.kr/p/2b1JP> (CC BY-SA 2.0).
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    Zero-latency access to content & data IBM Cloud / March

    6, 2018 / © 2018 IBM Corporation speed 3 by Monkieyes, on Flickr <https://flic.kr/p/PXPwK> (CC BY 2.0).
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    IBM Cloud / March 6, 2018 / © 2018 IBM

    Corporation Offline, Online & ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ underground by weckgeschnappt_, on Flickr <https://flic.kr/p/8bkWFK> (CC BY 2.0).
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    Geolocation API Network Information API IndexedDB WebRTC API Push API

    Notifications API Device Orientation API Screen Orientation API Permissions API Proximity API Pointer Lock API Vibration API Payment Request API Battery Status API Ambient Light Sensor API Service Worker API IBM Design Icons by International Business Machines Corporation <https://www.ibm.com/design/language/resources/icon-library/> (CC BY 4.0).
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    Service Workers IBM Cloud / March 6, 2018 / ©

    2018 IBM Corporation Service Workers allow for fine- grained control over caching of content and assets, enabling cache-first web apps Service Workers fetch diagram by Mozilla Contributors <https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/Service_Worker_API/Using_Service_Workers> (CC-BY-SA 2.5).
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    IndexedDB IBM Cloud / March 6, 2018 / © 2018

    IBM Corporation IndexedDB enables app data to be stored locally within a browser IBM Design Icons by International Business Machines Corporation <https://www.ibm.com/design/language/resources/icon-library/> (CC BY 4.0).
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    localForage IBM Cloud / March 6, 2018 / © 2018

    IBM Corporation localForage is a polyfill that wraps IndexedDB, WebSQL, or localStorage, providing a consistent API regardless of which storage mechanism is supported by the end user’s browser IBM Design Icons by International Business Machines Corporation <https://www.ibm.com/design/language/resources/icon-library/> (CC BY 4.0).
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    Sync is Hard Technological devices designed by D3Images / Freepik

    <http://www.freepik.com/>. IBM Cloud / March 6, 2018 / © 2018 IBM Corporation
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    Offline Sync for Progressive Web Apps PouchDB Devices by Darwin

    Laganzon, on Pixabay <https://pixabay.com/photo-1917227/> (CC0 Public Domain). | Cloud by Raphael Silva, on Pixabay <https://pixabay.com/photo-2109664/> (CC0 Public Domain). IBM Cloudant
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    Shopping List IBM Cloud / March 6, 2018 / ©

    2018 IBM Corporation A series of demo Progressive Web Apps, hybrid mobile apps, native mobile apps, and a desktop app— each built using a different stack https://ibm-watson-data-lab.github.io/shopping-list-demo
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    Think 2018 / March 19, 2018 / © 2018 IBM

    Corporation Appendix A: Multi-User Apps
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    IBM Cloud / March 6, 2018 / © 2018 IBM

    Corporation Multi-User Apps with Hoodie http://hood.ie/
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    Devices by Darwin Laganzon, on Pixabay <https://pixabay.com/photo-1917227/> (CC0 Public Domain).

    | Cloud by Raphael Silva, on Pixabay <https://pixabay.com/photo-2109664/> (CC0 Public Domain). IBM Cloudant PouchDB
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    Think 2018 / March 19, 2018 / © 2018 IBM

    Corporation Appendix B: Code Examples
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    Install and activate a service worker example by Mozilla Contributors

    <https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/Service_Worker_API/Using_Service_Workers> (CC-BY-SA 2.5).
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    Think 2018 / March 19, 2018 / © 2018 IBM

    Corporation Appendix C: Browser Support
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    Think 2018 / March 19, 2018 / © 2018 IBM

    Corporation Appendix D: Offline First Community
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    Offline Camp IBM Cloud / March 6, 2018 / ©

    2018 IBM Corporation We are building an Offline First community, one campfire at a time. Offline Camp has visited the Catskills of New York, the Central Coast of California, Berlin, and Oregon.
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    IBM Cloud / March 6, 2018 / © 2018 IBM

    Corporation offlinefirst.org/chat
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    Notices and disclaimers Think 2018 / March 19, 2018 /

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    Notices and disclaimers continued Think 2018 / March 19, 2018

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    Thank you Think 2018 / March 19, 2018 / ©

    2018 IBM Corporation Bradley Holt Developer Advocate Senior Software Engineer — ibm.com