Service Worker API – Offline Web Apps

What Are Service Workers?
A service worker is a specific type of JS Script, which runs in the background of the user’s browser. It acts like a proxy server exists between your app, the browser and the network. Among other things, service workers allow apps to continue functioning offline in case the user loses internet connection.
Improve performance of the website
Service worker helps the website to load offline. Unlike AppCache API, it is having more control over the browser cache. Returning visitors can fetch the website instantly from the browser cache and get a smoother experience so that they’ll keep coming back.

How Do Service Workers Work?

Service worker scripts is independent and have their own life cycle:
The script first registered and then installed by the browser. After that it start caching static assets right away. If any errors occur, then installation will fail, and you must try again.
For successful installation, the service worker will activate and gain control over all pages under its scope. Active service worker alternate between two states: either it will handle fetch and message events, or it will terminate to save memory.

Service Worker Caching
Service worker caching is much more manageable. It always checks network status whether it is online or offline and fetch or terminate the resource files accordingly. This means the site can work when there is no network, offline, or poor network connectivity, low bars or false cellular connectivity.

Supported Browsers
Browser options are growing. Service workers are supported by Chrome, Firefox and Opera. Microsoft Edge is now showing public support. Even Safari has dropped hints of future development.


Restrictions and Security
• Service Worker can’t access the window object. That’s why it does not have any threat for spreading viruses.
• Require HTTPS. This ensures a level of security to allow the service worker to do the things it is designed to do.
• Only Asynchronous. This means synchronous APIs like XHR and local Storage are not available to a service worker.

Conclusions
Service workers transform your website to an instant loading powerhouse. Apart from improving web performance, they can be used to implement push notifications to keep users engaged with mobile apps. Future applications for service workers might include things like Geofencing and Periodic sync.
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