Just to Learn About PWAs

I’ve been away for a long time and have recently decided to pursue a project I’ve wanted to take on for a long time. My plan is to leverage what I learned about the MERN stack from FreeCodeCamp to make a starting web app that the project will evolve from. With the other responsibilities I’ve taken on, I’ll only be able to work on it a little at a time and try to just keep pushing it along incrementally. I thought it might help to start a thread about it here and tell whoever cares to “listen” what progress I make. Next time, I’ll outline the project that I have in mind.

The project would be a create an app (any old web app) and incrementally change it into a PWA (Progressive Web App). There are plenty of descriptions online and even in this forum of what a PWA is and the advantages of a PWA. As I noted in my prior posting, to create a web app I would like to use what I’ve learned on FreeCodeCamp about creating web applications. I mentioned the MERN stack. That is just a reference to the technologies that were used in the FCC curriculum. (MERN - MongoDB, Express, React, Node.) Most people doing web development use a Mac. I prefer to use ubuntu for command line work. Unfortunately my last laptop lost my ubuntu partion when one of my cat dragged a wet tea bag out of a cup by my laptop and left it on the keyboard. I have since gotten and been using a new laptop and am planning on trying to setup ubuntu on a USB stick to provide a development environment without messing with my laptop’s configuration. We’ll see if that is really feasible or not. I have a 256 GB USB stick and plan on using the following process to setup a stick as a bootable device that will hold my development environment.

More about the web application I plan on creating, next time.

I’m not sure I would say “most” here. Yes, probably a bigger percentage of developers use Macs compared to the general population, but according to the 2020 Stack Overflow Developer Survey almost half of developers use Windows and then the other half is split about evenly between MacOS and Linux. Personally, Linux has been my primary platform since the mid 90’s and I do my Windows testing on a virtual machine. Since Apple won’t allow their OS to be run through a VM I only test on MacOS if my employer gives me a laptop running it (otherwise, someone else will have to do that testing). I’ll be damned if I’m going to pay the Apple hardware tax just to be able to test my web apps on their OS :slight_smile:

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i’m glad that you’re pursuing the project you’ve been wanting to take on. once you get finished, you should share it on the #project-feedback page. i’m sure you’ll do great : )

My bad. I didn’t go looking for actual data and said what my impression was. Or, in this case, what my misimpression was. I’m glad you brought some insight into this. Thanks!

Sounds good. But this is going to be a slow and long process because of all the other stuff in my life. But thanks for the suggestion!

Well my latest efforts go under the heading of “painting yourself into a corner”. I did take my shiny new 256GB USB stick and make it into a USB stick that is bootable to ubuntu. But what I did was create a USB stick that can be used to install ubuntu onto another drive. And while the USB stick that I created can be used to boot ubuntu and test drive it, it has no permanent storage. Anything you do will disappear when you shutdown. So this is really a handy device for installing ubuntu that I could have put on a 4GB stick. So my use of a 256GB stick is a real waste. My time since my last update has been spent learning what I’ve done to myself, some cussing about it, and considering what to do about it. What I want is a USB stick that I can boot to ubuntu and have it contain my entire suite of development environment and tools. And from what I’ve read I should be able to use a stick like the one I created to install ubuntu on another USB stick, allocating space as permanent storage on that stick. While researching this I came across this article.

This looks like it could lead me to the promised land and give me what I’m after.
First I need another, much smaller USB stick to be the installation device. I got a set of 5 USB sticks, each 16GB. Why 16GB? Because I could get 4GB sticks but they cost the same as 16GB. Why 5 of them? Because a set of 5 only doubles the cost of ordering just one. I couldn’t resist. Surely I’ll find something to do with the others. I have setup one of these 16GB sticks to be my ubuntu installer stick. The next step would be to do a full ubuntu install on the 256GB stick I intend to be my development environment. But many articles on the subject are emphatic that our laptop OS and data should be backed up completely before doing this operation. Fortunately I have a big ol’ 4TB Western Digital MyBook for just this kind of situation. So my laptop is going to get a complete backup before I try to do the full install of Ubuntu on the “big” (256GB) USB stick.
And that’s where I’m at. Feel free to comment, make suggestions that I may or may not follow and point and laugh all you like. Take care, everyone!

A quick update. I got the full backup of my laptop done. I used Macrium Reflect to set up a backup schedule of weekly full images and daily differential images. And then took the initial full image of my laptop drive partitions. It’s a nice by-product of needing to have a full backup to set up a proper backup strategy with automatic scheduling. Now I feel I can take on the next step of seeing if I can install ubuntu on my “big” USB stick.