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The state of the Web 2016

2015 was a tumultuous year for the web, but ultimately, it was a good one, even a great one! Let’s take a look at the some of the events that made 2015 one of the most interesting for the web in recent times. Canvas vs DOM The respective merits of using the canvas element vs...

Progressive Web Apps are the future!

It’s an exciting time for Progressive Web Apps right now. The term Progressive Web App refers to a group of technologies, such as service workers, and push notifications, that can bring native-like performance and user experience to web apps. (We've written about them before here and here)...

HTML5 for the mobile Web: the Network Information API

The Network Information API is a HTML5 API for acquiring information about a device’s network connection. Despite not being a standard, it enjoys decent support across the main mobile browsers. It’s a pretty simple API to use, particularly in comparison with some of the HTML5 APIs we’ve looked at recently on this site (Service Workers, I’m looking at you!)...

Web app manifests usher new wave of progressive apps to your homescreen

One can’t deny the irresistible convenience of using a homescreen launcher icon to fire up a web app. Variously referred to as a bookmark icon, shortcut, or homepage icon, why shouldn’t such an icon be able to launch a web page, as well as a native app? And of course it can: this functionality has been available in Android and iOS for years. Indeed, the notion of a desktop shortcut has been around since the first GUI interfaces were developed. So why are we still talking about them in 2015?...

Taking the web offline with service workers

You’re probably already familiar with the idea of offline web apps, web apps that can continue to work in the face of intermittent network connectivity. This concept has been around for a while, and various technologies have been developed along the way to achieve offline web apps, (Google) Gears, and Appcache for example, but none of these addressed the offline challenge quite as well as service workers...

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