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Most helpful Frameworks to Create your Progressive Web Apps (PWA)

Manu George

Sun, September 1

PWA has been around for quite some time now, they have gained immense popularity as they're the earliest form of client-side storage. This ability provides mobile users with a similar experience compared to those of Native apps. As far as organizations are concerned, besides ranking the App on search engines, the PWA framework works everywhere. Promising a powerful, app-like browsing experience for tech-savvy shoppers.

Due to the availability of several options, the first task in PWAs development comes in the form of deciding on which framework to use. Before zeroing in on the most suitable PWA framework it is advisable to evaluate the pros and cons of each.  

Some of the most prevalent PWA Frameworks out there in the industry now are :


React

React supported by Facebook, is the most popular among PWA frameworks, renowned for its extensive JavaScript library as well as a large community. Even though Pure JavaScript is the base of React, it uses JSX for enabling render functions to connect to HTML structures. Moreover, projects can be easily scaled simply by the addition of packages.

 Pros:

- Large community supported by Facebook, which owns and maintains the code. 

-Extensive ecosystem

- Developing apps using React offers a high degree of flexibility and easy scalability

- The same code can be used for Native as well as web apps

- A moderately linear learning curve compared to other frameworks

- Rendering is speedy with Virtual-DOM

 Cons

- The framework is more programmer oriented as it requires knowledge of JSX

- Not as simple as JavaScript and pure HTML for writing components

 - A high degree of flexibility often poses issues. 

 - Lack of clearly defined methodology for implementation as the community is relatively new and still evolving. 

 - Migrating from Angular JS requires a complete rewrite using JSX


AngularJS

 

Angular was first introduced by Google in 2009 and is among the most popular Progressive web app frameworks. It makes use of the JavaScript ecosystem for building responsive apps that are robust and reliable. With the release of version 5, which has a new Service Worker for built-in support, it has made this framework much easier for developers to interact with as until then to build a PWA using the AngularJS version required overt high-level expertise. Additionally, the recent release, Angular 6, comes with two additional CLI commands, which simplifies the process of downloading and installing a web app on a device.

 

Pros:

- Large community and extensive support as it is maintained by Google. 

- Established and defined methodology for implementation

- MVC framework

- Latest versions having a smaller learning curve as a result of CLI

- Comes with Typescript and IntelliSense

 Cons: 

- Older versions requiring high-level expertise to handle.

- Steeper learning curve, as one has to learn Typescript in order to work on it

- Complex as compared to some of the other frameworks

 

Ionic

 Introduced in 2013 as an open-source SDK, Ionic, which is based on the Angular framework and Apache Cordova, has been used for developing over 5 million hybrid apps and has an extensive library of components for both iOS and Android. Ionic allows developers to create web pages that run inside the browser of a device using WebView, which essentially renders web pages so that they resemble a native app.

 Pros:

 - A shorter learning curve as it can be used by anyone familiar with web technologies and Angular

 - Reduces the cost of development as it is free and Open Source

 - Easy maintenance using debugging tools and built-in browser instruments

 - Large library of plug-ins for accessing APIs without the need for coding

 - Being popular for hybrid app development has resulted in its building a huge community of active users


 Cons:

 - Frequent updates require a reworking of the existing app to reflect the latest changes


PWABuilder

Founded by Microsoft, PWA Builder is an open-source, community guided framework that supports both iOS and Android app development. As a result, it has yielded one of the quickest ways to build components for a PWA that functions across platforms and devices.


Polymer

 An Open Source framework developed by Google, Polymer offers an extensive range of tools, templates and web components that simplify the process of a PWA development. It uses pure JS/HTML/CSS, making it an independent PWA framework.

 

Pros:

- A wide base of components, including web components that work across many browsers

- Full web app stack support, including data tier, routing, and responsive layouts

- Excellent documentation covering all phases of the app development

- Easy to understand API

- Browser embedded development tools curtailing the need for special debugging tools

 Cons:

 - Absence of server-side rendering results in high reloading time, low SEO-friendliness and increased HTTP requests

 

VueJS

 

Currently, Vue in possession of one of the fastest-growing libraries due to its high-speed rendering and simplicity of coding is growing in popularity among developers. Like React, Vue is a progressive web app framework that allows scaling of the project with the addition of extra packages.

 

Pros:

- The simplicity of the code reduces the learning curve for new developers

- Supported by Alibaba and Laravel, it is slowly gaining popularity to become the preferred PWA framework of many big players. 

- Its structure is simple and features many concepts from the React and Angular 1 frameworks

- Speedy rendering using Virtual-DOM

- Extremely flexible to set up using JSX and Typescript

 

Cons:

- It has a very small support team since it is owned by a single person in comparison to React and Angular, which is owned and supported by big players. 

- It requires a significant amount of conversion in the legacy code from the existing Angular 1.5

- The extreme flexibility in its structure sometimes poses threats

 

Conclusion

In the end, the decision on which Progressive Web App framework to use for your app depends on the skill and expertise of your developers. With the frequency of updates every few months being high, the choice of a specific framework doesn't matter as much as the ease of updating the app. At Technogrips, a leading mobile app development company, our team of developers has experience in working on diverse Progressive Web Apps frameworks for app development and maintenance as this expertise comes from having helped many clients from across the globe develop hundreds of mobile and cross-platform apps.

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