Building a Better Web
June 11–12, 2018: Training
June 12–14, 2018: Tutorials & Conference
San Jose, CA

Does it NEED to be a PWA?

Tara Z. Manicsic (Progress)
9:50am–10:30am Thursday, June 14, 2018
Web services and APIs
Location: 212 A/B
Secondary topics:  Best practice, Developer Experience Track: Tools, Platforms, and Techniques, Hands-on
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Who is this presentation for?

  • Developers and CTOs

Prerequisite knowledge

  • A general understanding of web applications in any framework or language

What you'll learn

  • Learn what kinds of apps really benefit from the advancements of modern web technologies


Progressive web apps use today’s modern web technologies like the Service Worker API and the manifest.json file to give users a better experience. This mostly focuses on users accessing their app using a mobile phone. These technologies help users gain access to app content independent of the strength or existence of their network and lets the app connect to the user whether or not they have the app open, thanks to service workers. However, are these advantages actually advantageous to the users of your specific app? Do people really need a push notification every time you make a new post on your blog? Probably not.

Tara Manicsic details what kinds of apps really benefit from the advancements of modern web technologies and walks you through spinning one up.

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Tara Z. Manicsic


Tara Manicsic is a developer advocate at Progress. A lifelong student, teacher, and maker, she has spent the majority of her career using JavaScript to create applications on both the backend and frontend. In her free time, she works in her community to educate and learn from other developers. Tara launched the Cincinnati chapter of Women Who Code and cochairs the Cincinnati branch of NodeSchool. Beyond code, she likes to make things with other materials (wool, solder, clay, etc.) and hike any mountain she can get to with her trusty sidekick, #toshmagosh.