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Off the Grid: The Challenges of Offline in Mobile Development

Offline can make or break your business.

The idea that we are living in a permanently connected world, where mobile users always have network access, isn’t always true. Think of field service workers, for example, for whom internet connection is often restricted or unavailable. Poor unfortunate souls.

Developing for offline users becomes a powerful differentiator in today’s world. And it can be painful. The good news is it doesn’t have to be.

The best way to do it is the offline-first approach. Design and develop your app to work without a network connection, just like in the 90s! (more…)

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Won’t Get Fooled Again: Lessons in Lie-Fi

Lie-fi can actually be worse than offline; at least if a device is definitely offline, your JavaScript can take appropriate evasive action.“—Sam Dutton, Developer Advocate for Google Chrome, “Understanding Low Bandwidth and High Latency,” Web Fundamentals.

When your phone or tablet is online, everything works great. All your mobile apps run smoothly, easily accessing all your precious information.