Web Apps

using the Angular Mobile Toolkit

Maxim Salnikov

  • Google Developer Expert in Angular

  • AngularJS Oslo Meetup organizer

  • ngVikings Conference organizer

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Progressive Web App

Progressive Web App (PWA) is a term used to denote a new software development methodology. Unlike traditional applications, Progressive Web App can be seen as an evolving hybrid of regular web pages (or websites) and a mobile application. This new application life-cycle model combines features offered by most modern browsers with benefits of mobile experience.

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  • Progressive
  • Discoverable
  • Linkable
  • App-like
  • Responsive
  • Connectivity-independent
  • Re-engageable
  • Installable
  • Fresh
  • Safe


It has adapt to older browsers to deliver the best experience possible given the features that are available

By definition, a progressive web app must work on any device and enhance progressively, taking advantage of any features available on the user’s device and browser.

Discoverable and Linkable

A well-designed website should use the URI to indicate the current state of the application. This will enable the web app to retain or reload its state when the user bookmarks or shares the app’s URL.

Because a progressive web app is a website, it should be discoverable in search engines. This is a major advantage over native applications, which still lag behind websites in searchability.


The app should be able to receive notifications when the app is not running.

Mobile app users are more likely to reuse their apps, and progressive web apps are intended to achieve the same goals through features such as push notifications.


Web app install banners give you the ability to let your users quickly and seamlessly add your web app to their home screen, making it easy to launch and return to your app.

A progressive web app can be installed on the device’s home screen, making it readily available.


HTTPS secures the connection between you and your users, ensuring your users information is protected and isn't tampered with.

Because a progressive web app has a more intimate user experience and because all network requests can be intercepted through service workers, it is imperative that the app be hosted over HTTPS.


It should work in areas of low connectivity or offline.

The app must be capable of starting offline and still display useful information.

Service worker

  • Make the website function offline

  • Increase online performance by reducing network requests for certain assets

  • Provide a customized offline fallback experience

of PWA

Service worker

  • Background data synchronization

  • Responding to resource requests from other origins

  • Receiving centralized updates to expensive-to-calculate data such as geolocation or gyroscope, so multiple pages can make use of one set of data

  • Client-side compiling and dependency management of CoffeeScript, less, CJS/AMD modules, etc. for dev purposes

  • Hooks for background services

  • Custom templating based on certain URL patterns

  • Performance enhancements, for example pre-fetching resources that the user is likely to need in the near future, such as the next few pictures in a photo album.

Service worker

Service workers essentially act as proxy servers that sit between web applications, and the browser and network (when available).

  • A service worker is an event-driven worker registered against an origin and a path

  • A service worker is run in a worker context

  • Service workers only run over HTTPS, for security reasons

Service worker


if ('serviceWorker' in navigator) {
  navigator.serviceWorker.register('/sw.js').then(function(registration) {
    // Registration was successful
    console.log('Registration successful with scope: ', registration.scope);
  }).catch(function(err) {
    // registration failed :(
    console.log('Registration failed: ', err);



self.addEventListener('install', function(event) {
  // Perform install steps
      .then(function(cache) {
        console.log('Opened cache');
        return cache.addAll(URLS_TO_CACHE);

Files to cache!


  1. Update your SW file. 

  2. Your new service worker will be started and the install event will be fired.

  3. At this point the old service worker is still controlling the current pages so the new service worker will enter a waiting state.

  4. When the currently open pages (tabs) of your site are closed, the old service worker will be killed and the new service worker will take control.

  5. Once your new service worker takes control, its activate event will be fired.


self.addEventListener('activate', function(event) {

  var cacheWhitelist = ['pages-cache-v1', 'blog-posts-cache-v1'];

    caches.keys().then(function(cacheNames) {
      return Promise.all( {
          if (cacheWhitelist.indexOf(cacheName) === -1) {
            return caches.delete(cacheName);


Intercepting requests

Involved APIs

  • Promises

  • Cache API

  • Fetch API

  • Notifications API

  • Push API


Mobile Toolkit

Mobile Toolkit

ng new myApp --mobile

The --mobile flag has been disabled temporarily while we await an update
of angular-universal for supporting NgModule. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Mobile Toolkit

Mobile Toolkit

Hold On!

Today's topics

  • Angular 2

  • Angular Material 2

  • Lighthouse

  • Surge

  • Rollup

  • Angular Universal

  • ServiceWorker API

  • Cache API

  • Push API

  • Manifest file

  • App banner

  • Splash screen


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Chat room

Coding fun

Thank you!


Maxim Salnikov

Progressive Web Apps using the Angular Mobile Toolkit

By Maxim Salnikov

Progressive Web Apps using the Angular Mobile Toolkit

The term Progressive Web App refers to a group of technologies, such as service workers, and push notifications, that can bring native-like performance and user experience to web apps. Progressive Web Apps are interesting because in some ways they represent a coming of age for the Web. The Angular Mobile Toolkit makes it easy to build snappy Web apps that load instantly on any device, even without an internet connection. Take advantage of the searchability, shareability, and no-install-required-ability of the Web without compromise. During this 100% hands-on session we'll have a look on recent tools and guides from Angular team to help us build Progressive Web Apps. We'll have a look at Angular CLI and plugins/libraries for App Shell, Service Worker, and Application Manifest supporting us in fast and easy creation of installable, offline-capable, mobile-network-friendly apps. Course overview Introduction to PWA and Workshop Setup Introduction to Angular Mobile Toolkit Create an installable mobile web app with Angular CLI Make the App Installable with Web App Manifest App Shell Architecture Add an app shell component to the App Deep dive into Service Workers Add basic offline capabilities with Service Worker Adding Splash Screen Sending Push Notifications Questions and answers

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