Best frameworks to build PWA

What framework is better to choose in 2020 to create the best solution that you can provide to your clients?

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Before we start, just a quick reminder, “What is a PWA?” 🤔

The story of PWA’s started in 2015. Frances Berriman and Alex Russell (designer and Google Chrome engineer, respectively) denoted the term PWA or Progressive Web App. 

Google started popularizing this kind of app. So, everyone, from developers to SME’s, created a PWAs from their websites. Just memorize Starbucks, Twitter, Pinterest(subscribe 😃) or Uber.

If we turn to Wikipedia to find the answer to the question, “What is PWA?”, we will see that

A progressive web app (PWA) is a type of app delivered through the web and is built, using common web technologies.

In short, PWA is a web app that provides a native app experience, using a browser. To clarify some moments & memorize a bit about the basics of PWAs, just click here.

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The first step of the Progressive web app development (and not only this ☝ ) is to choose the right framework. But what the framework is and why is that so important to choose the best one?

To say simply, the framework is a supporting structure around which something can be built. So, it’s fundamental to choose the best framework for your own app. And it’s high time to share our expertise with you about the frameworks we appreciate and work with in 2020. 


Angular JS 

Angular JS is one of the most popular front-end web application platforms that is also used as a framework for PWA’s. The 5th version has made it simple to create a progressive web app. It takes a lot of developers’ time and expertise to support this kind of apps, before. The last version, Angular 8, has two additional CLI commands. This version helps to make web applications downloadable and installable, just as they were native mobile applications.

Angular JS has some key benefits:

  • Well-defined method for implementation
  • The addition of CLI simplify work with this framework
  • IntelliSense and Typescript presence
  • Excellent Google support


Supported by Facebook, React is one of the most popular and preferred web app tools, because of its wide JavaScript library. It allows developers to share and reuse code. 

This framework makes the usage of JSX link with HTML structures. React-powered progressive web apps are scalable with additional packages.

Another one type – React Native – is typically used to create native apps on Android or iOS. To know, what is a difference between native apps and PWAs just follow the link.

To say a word about writing components, React is not very complex, but also not as simple as pure HTML or JavaScript.

Benefits of React:

  • One of the largest community support
  • The same code can be used for native and web apps
  • Extensive ecosystem and libraries
  • Higher flexibility and scalability
  • Speedy rendering with Virtual-DOM.

There are more top frameworks that can be mentioned, like:

  1. Ionic – an open-source SDK, based on the Angular framework and Apache Cordova.It is suitable both for iOS and Android platforms, due to its huge library of components for these platforms. 
  2. Vue.js – the most fast-growing framework with its high-speed rendering and simple coding. Simplicity and scalability are the reasons why developers prefer this framework. One of the benefits of this framework- it is supported by Alibaba and Laravel.
  3. Polymer is a framework that is developed by Google. It consists of a wide range of templates and components to make the whole development process of PWA simpler. 

So, it’s obvious, that the frameworks for building PWAs are really important as well as regular updates every couple of months that make the development process easier and rapid. Choosing a particular framework thus doesn’t make much difference to the app behavior. It’s up to the preferences and the expertise of a developer. But if you want to be sure that your app will be done at a high level, it’s high time to contact Omertex and start web app development together! 😊

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