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Quick update on my latest HTML5/Apache-Cordova application. I recently decided to ditch the Materialize CSS framework in favor of Ratchet, an HTML5 framework from one of the core contributors to Bootstrap. However, I’ve run into a bunch of problems using the Push.js library that comes with Ratchet. Push.js is kind of like Turbolinks in that it is meant to make building single page HTML5 applications a lot simpler than using something like React, Angular, or Vue. However push.js isn’t very well documented and I haven’t been able to get it to do what I want!
So… since I’ve already figured out how to get Turbolinks to do what I want, I’ve decided that I’m just going to dump the Push.js library that comes bundled with Ratchet in favor of Turbolinks instead. While I still don’t have everything worked out completely, I think Ratchet + Turbolinks is going to be the easiest way for me to build an HTML5 application using Apache Cordova. And hey, when I get all of this finished maybe I can just combine Ratchet and Turbolinks into my own nifty HTML5 framework? I really like Ratchet so far, it just seems to be missing some stuff when it comes to developing single page applications. To build my app the “push.js” way I believe would require me to do a lot of server-side rendering which isn’t really something I want to do.
I know that there are obviously the big three SPA frameworks out there that solve this problem, but they are a lot more complicated that what I want. I wonder if I can use Ratchet and Turbolinks plus a little of my own ingenuity to make the simplest single page application framework? I really want something that is almost as easy as just creating a website with straight HTML. I know it won’t end up being quite that simple, but I think I could whip up something like this, where when a user clicks on a button/link we =>
- Fetch some data from a server with AJAX (if necessary)
- Load new HTML that is stored locally on the phone with Turbolinks