October 05, 2016
by Bruno G. Tavares
2 minutes read
Emerging technologies that will make us re-think the way we do apps.
How many times have you tried to open an app with little or no internet connection and the first thing you see is this error message: “No internet connection”? At that point, you know it’s over; you can’t use your application until you get a network signal. Well, Offline First solves this problem. The idea is to create apps that will still work even when you have flakey or non-existent connection. That said, the technology doesn’t do anything miraculous; it just stores the right amount of data to keep your app working no matter the circumstances. For example, if you are on a subway with no Internet connection and you decide to open your Offline-First twitter feed app, it will show you the tweets from the last time it was synchronized with the internet. As soon as you have connection again, it will update without your having to do anything. All it actually does is, instead of giving you a “no connection error”, it gives you the data from it’s last internet sync.
Offline First apps are good for:
If you want to learn more about Offline First or go for test drive, give a shot using Hoodie, a nice noBackend framework:
or if you are looking for something more lightweight as in a script, Up Up is your way to go: