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Before you continue reading any further, I want you to know one thing. “I am no coding veteran, nor am I a certified teacher.” I do, however, feel that I have enough knowledge now about creating offline web applications that I can teach someone else how to create one.

That’s right, I’m not one of those people who have been hacking away at code for several years.  In fact, I’m still in college.  I hardly knew anything about Javascript (other than how to rotate images in a box), and barely even knew that it was possible to make an offline web application.  It wasn’t until one day that I was given the job of creating an offline web application  from scratch did I begin to learn of this new internet phenomena.  Quickly I spent a good amount of hours researching, and then eventually messing with code.

After a few weeks of coding, I realized that it wasn’t that hard to make a web application, and with the limited resources out there, I felt that all the research and work I had done could be put to use in some sort of centralized (makes more sense) documentation, and understood from a newbie’s point of view, rather than in strict technical documentation.  This way, I hope that current or future web developers can also grasp this concept easily and implement it themselves.

Now before you enter, be wary that this is a guide on the basics of how to create a web application.  I am not here to give you the code I ended up writing for my work, but I am here instead to hopefully steer you in the right direction.  I cannot give you the solution to every question that veteran programmers could probably answer, but I can tell you my experience, and hopefully make understanding this feature more explicit.  If you’re reading this, then you’re already on the right track!  First, we’ll learn about the all ominous manifest file.

In the end, an offline web application can be as simple as a manifest file, a javascript file, and a html file.  Crazy huh?  Let’s get started. Next->


One Response

  1. Newton

    Thanks for sharing your experience.

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