Progressive Web App Development Explained
Basically, the PWA development process is a set of practices aimed at making a web app work like a desktop/mobile application. That is why this process is very similar to native application development. Typically, it includes the following stages:
- Defining your direction
Before we can start building a PWA, you should clearly set the direction, formulate goals and purpose of your future project.
- Defining the audience and security documents
This stage involves the in depth research of your target auditory or prospective users based on the following assessments:
- Analyze fraud level of the area, user characteristics, etc. in order to plan the appropriate security measures based on these factors
- Determine the needed level and type of users’ access
- Identify basic characteristics of your target auditory (skill level, age, gender, etc.)
- Specifying all of the functionalities
At this stage, you need to specify all the technical features as well as other specifications of a PWA to accomplish. They should be described as detailed as possible to prevent any misunderstanding of the project’s functionalities. The easiest way to do it is to create a document with a summary of all the essential elements.
- Analysis and identification
At this point, you will have to make up your mind regarding the following:
- Firewall equipment, server provider, network issues
- SSL certificate
- Payment system (if needed)
- Selection of structure and technology
At this stage, you will need to select the framework, development environment, structure, and platform for your future progressive web application.
At this point, we will create a detailed dynamic functional model of and visual guide of your PWA in order to get an idea of how it looks and works from the user’s perspective. Here is more information of this stage. Wireframing/prototyping is crucial in avoiding potential UI/UX issues and additional investments.
- Actual PWA development
Now, we can finally start the actual development of your PWA, which includes the following:
- Building the PWA architecture and framework
- Designing the database structure
- Developing the PWA libraries, classes and module
- Implementing all the functions
- Error checking and QA testing
At this stage, we will remove all defects and errors. After testing, your product is ready to go live.
- Project release, further support, and improvements
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