How to Use Service Workers to Communicate Across Browser Tabs

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Tim Evko

Tim Evko is a front-end developer, managing a primarily React codebase, and team lead at ExecThread, a company focused on surfacing job openings to professionals. When not at ExecThread, he spends the rest of his time at a local gym, working on being a better competitive Crossfit Athlete.

Which tech idea or trend excites you the most at the moment?

Lately I’ve been fascinated with Service Worker technology, especially when used to help make sites load fast and become interactive quickly. I love performance and web-app-offline capability, and I think the community can benefit from the increased focus on building resilient, versatile, and fast applications.

Service Workers are especially fun to work with because of how much you can do with them. I recently learned that you can use a Service Worker to communicate across tabs in a browser, allowing each individual tab to reload itself if the cache is stale. It’s not an easy technology to work with but I’m very glad that it’s around!

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