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progressive enhancement for JS apps

by Garann Means

Published May 9, 2014 in Technology

When progressive enhancement–offering a basic version of a feature that all clients can use as a default–was introduced as a concept, JavaScript applications seemed as relevant as flying cars. As JS became more powerful, it seemed we'd reach a point where we could forget about PE entirely. For the things we originally used it for, we now have rock-solid libraries and polyfills to provide abstractions that make PE easy. But as JS has advanced, we've started writing things that can't be polyfilled. We know now how to progressively enhance widgets and user interactions. We'll talk about how we progressively enhance entire applications, and why it's potentially more important than ever that we do so.