Web apps are only getting better - Here's some info about some upcoming web technologies that will improve...

Web apps are only getting better - Here's some info about some upcoming web technologies that will improve it further

Slack is a web app. Trello is a web app. Google Docs. Gmail. Even Twitter.

The web started out as a collection of hyperlinked documents. The “Web 2.0” hype in the mid-2000s was about how the web was becoming interactive. At first we were just commenting and upvoting on hyperlinked documents, but before long, people like me could do almost all of their work in what are now called “web apps.” Some of those apps added collaboration or other nice-to-haves to traditional desktop app tasks, like email or document creation. Others are more hyperlinked-document in nature — think embeds on Slack and Twitter, or Trello’s multi-user nature.

But there’s one near-golden rule about web apps: the native app is probably better.

Native apps — apps that are designed specifically for a platform like iOS, Android, or Windows — have a bunch of inherent advantages over web apps. No matter how much JavaScript you slap on top of an HTML document, it’s hard to match the performance, quality, and persistence of a native app. Web apps might be quicker to build, simpler to distribute, and easier to iterate, but that’s not enough of an advantage to unseat native apps in a vast variety of cases.

But the web platform continues to evolve, and there are a few upcoming web technologies that could give web apps a better chance at competing with their native counterparts, such as:

* Progressive Web Apps give you an icon on your home screen, offline support, and push notifications.
* WebAssembly gives you native or near-native performance.
* Houdini gives you the fancy animations and drop shadows.

More info at https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/4/11/17207964/web-apps-quality-pwa-webassembly-houdini


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