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The Offline-first Approach to Mobile App Development

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Offline first is not easy, and the usual approaches each have severe limitations. Caching is fast and efficient, but only allows data to flow one way: from the server to the device. Manual replication gives users read/write capability, but at the cost of introducing possible conflicts, multiple failure points, and a need for a robust network pipeline. And building solutions with either approach from the ground up requires engineering resources, expertise, and budgets that are better spent elsewhere.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand the challenges of mobile computing and unreliable networks
  • Discover the advantages of implementing an offline-first approach to app development
  • Compare common approaches and pitfalls of making apps offline-first
  • See how a real-time data sync platform can improve your user experience

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