Low-Code: Progressive Vs. Reactive Web Apps

There are many different types of application development. We're focusing on two types of low code application developments: reactive web applications and progressive web applications. 

Reactive Web Applications

Reactive web applications are considered a powerful tool in the modern world of application development!

There are several features that can be found in an OutSystems reactive web application. The following features provide added value throughout the whole application process, resulting in a seamlessly smooth transition and deployment:

  • Server-side and client-side logic – Refers to the call for - and abstraction of - business logic for an action to be completed.
  • Asynchronous data fetching – As a request takes place "details" are loaded in the background and updated as the data is received.
  • Reactive client-side rendering – Using a modern run-time architecture, most code and resources are cached, resulting in the UI being presented to the client user with immediate effect.
  • Unparalleled Performance – Ability to create interfaces that work when data latency becomes an issue.
  • Enhanced UX/UI capabilities – Patterns optimised for client-first development paradigm.
  • Unified Development – Enabling you to create mobile and web applications in the same way for any channel.


Why Choose Reactive Web?

  • Delivers lightning-fast applications.
  • A single development experience.
  • Provides state-of-the-art web architecture.
  • Responsive designs in server communication, always keeping your apps responsive.

Progressive Web Apps

Progressive web applications, commonly referred to as PWAs, are web applications that deliver user experiences through progressive enhancements, for example the experience and functions on one device compared to another.

Users

  • Available Offline – Reliable and faster as the apps are available in weak network conditions.
  • High-performance – Smoother load times provide users with confidence and a higher guarantee of staying on the page.
  • Discoverability – Commonly viewed as snippet cards or suggested results at the top of a search engine results pages.
  • Responsiveness and connectivity – Increased adaptivity due to immediate integration of requirements as they develop.

Businesses

  • Reduce costs – Multiple platforms supported by a single code base.
  • Easily deploy – No need to use the app store to distribute this app.
  • User engagements – Easier to re-engage with customers after the app is closed.
  • Increased conversions – Significant increase in conversion rates

Overall benefits of a PWA

  • Rapid time from development to market.
  • Only a single code base provided.
  • Hassle-free extra device capabilities.
  • Customisation with no limits.

The table below outlines the similarities and differences between a progressive web application and native mobile application (app developed for a specific device, only able to be installed on this specific device). 

Progressive Web App

vs

Native Mobile App

YES

Functions Offline

YES

YES

Push Notification

YES

YES

Works across all devices

NO

YES

Indexed by Google

NO

YES

One place to enter content

NO

YES

No download required

NO

YES

Can be linked and shared

NO

YES

Low data requirements

NO

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