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Polymer.js: The Future of Web Application Development?

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About a year ago in May 2013, Google launched Polymer.js. So here we are, a year later. And the question is: Is it yet ready for prime time? Is it yet possible to create a production ready application using Polymer web development techniques? To answer this question, I took Polymer out for a test drive to develop a web application and to see how well it would behave. This article is about that experience and what I learned in the process. Polymer.js: The Concept Before we get into our Polymer tutorial, let’s first define Polymer.js, not for what it claims to be, but for what it actually is. When you begin to check out Polymer, you can’t help but immediately be intrigued by its self-professed unique world view. Polymer purports itself as taking a sort of back-to-nature approach that “puts elements back at the center of web development”. With Polymer.js, you can craft your own HTML elements and compose them into complete, complex web applications that are scalable and maintainable. It’…