Published: December 28, 2020
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Last updated: May 2, 2022
⚙️ React, Angular & Vue Technologies
🔵 Ionic Technology For Building Progressive Web Apps
⚛ React Native Technology for Web
❓ Progressive Web Application Development Technologies: Which One to Choose?
When developing it, make sure to clearly set goals that you want to reach with the PWA. There are several aspects that you should take into account:
Depending on the goals, you’ll have to choose a certain technology (frameworks) for PWA development. And there are quite a few.
In this article, we’ll try to walk you through the main information regarding these technologies, their pros & cons, and help you find an answer to the main question: How to choose one?
The first 3 PWA frameworks are:
In fact, these 3 libraries have a lot in common.
They provide developers with a component-built system to build the UI & have sustainable communities that grow every year.
The differences are hardly noticeable. However, there are a few strong points of each framework that help them stand out.
React, Angular & Vue are very similar with a couple of differences that allows developers to freely choose one and get similar benefits (shots from Lilly021)
For instance, Vue provides developers with one the easiest learning curves, whereas Angular is a huge framework with a lot of constraints.
React has the biggest community among these 3 and is used the most.
Besides, Facebook developers are creating a lot of other amazing technologies (like GraphQL), and React is the easiest to integrate these technologies with. In Stormotion, we prefer React ⚛️ for building PWAs.
Each of the 3 technologies will allow you to build a progressive web app that’s scalable and responsive.
Luckily, there’s only one drawback worth attention. You would need to write a new code to develop a proper mobile iOS/Android native app from the existing code for PWA.
Of course, you could reuse the so-called “business logic”, meaning, you can take the existing data to reduce the development time. But in fact, you’ll have to start the development from scratch if you stick with these PWA frameworks.
Ionic is an open-source set of software development tools for building cross-platform PWAs and more.
Meaning, you can get a both native and web app with just one code.
Ionic framework is known for its hybrid development opportunities (shots from Hackr.io)
This type of framework focuses on front-end UI and UX.
Besides, it’s totally integrable with other libraries and frameworks (React, Angular, and Vue included).
There are 3 pillars that help to build Ionic:
Speaking of Ionic’s advantages, we should mention the following:
We’d like to separate one aspect that has two sides to the coin.
Ionic has quite a big community. However, the community is divided by different ionic versions and the libraries you use (react/angular). Meaning, it can be difficult sometimes to find a solution to your problem in the community.
This technology was initially built for mobile apps, but now it’s a cross-platform framework that makes developing web apps using native API components possible.
Using React Native Web for PWA development, you get a native app with one code as well (shot from React Native)
Since the purpose of this article is to kind of contrast these frameworks, we’d like to give you an idea of what you can reach using React Native for Web.
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So, the strong points are:
If you want to create a PWA with this option, there are several limitations. However, we can’t classify them as pro or con since they have positive as well as negative aspects. These are:
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So generally, this framework provides one of the best PWA development experiences.
Now let’s get to the main question: How can you decide which PWA framework to use?
Well, analyzing the article, you could tell that the crucial factor is your business needs.
For instance, whether you need a native app in addition to the progressive web app or not:
And there are quite a lot of factors that might make a certain PWA framework more suitable.
For instance, if you want the mobile experience to be truly native, take a look at the react-native-web. However, if your goal is to develop a both native app and PWA incredibly fast, you might want to go for Ionic.
Or if you are looking for great performance, you can exclude Ionic from your list.
If you need any help with the development or have any questions on which technology you should choose for developing PWAs, or how they differ from one another, feel free to reach out to us. We’ll find a way to help you!
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