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With progressive web applications, developers blur the lines

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Stitching together web apps -- without the seams

The never-ending quest to create better, faster software keeps IT professionals on the hunt for new approaches. This continuous push for what works -- and what else works -- has put the spotlight on progressive web applications, single-page apps, motion UI and other innovations that don't fit into rigid development structures and that enhance user satisfaction.

Organizations are interested in new web application development techniques so they can generate apps that are more responsive and function on any type of device. Single-page applications, for example, update content immediately whenever a user performs an action.

New approaches and technologies -- cloud native, low-code/no-code -- and API options can help DevOps teams streamline development. At the very least, they provide more options for how to get things done in the DevOps era.

How are these strategies put to use? A key advantage to a progressive web application is that development teams no longer need to create separate web and mobile apps and sites. Instead, users enjoy a continuous experience regardless of how they access a site or application. This results in a better user experience and, when done well, a less tangled app development process.

TechTarget's Jan Stafford delves into the world of progressive web apps in this handbook's first article, examining how they can be employed to serve users seamlessly across desktops and mobile devices and which building blocks developers work with to create them.

The adoption of this new approach isn't a small shift, either. Experts predict that progressive web applications will become the essential tactic in development projects over the next few years.

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