Qwik and Green IT: Building Sustainable Web Applications for the Future

Sustainable practices remain a top IT concern. Discover how applying the novel Qwik web framework can help your company further its green IT objectives.

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Digital Delivery
Qwik and Green IT: Building Sustainable Web Applications for the Future

The Rising Importance of Green IT

Based on the latest CIO responses, it's evident that green IT remains a big challenge for companies of all sizes. Green IT processes reduce your company’s overall cost and preserve the environment while optimizing productivity. However, the journey to eco-friendly web application development is complex and requires systematic planning.

We look at how sustainable web app development could result in long-term advantages for your company and how you can solve the sustainability conundrum with an emerging javascript solution known as Qwik.

Why Build Sustainable Web Apps With Green IT?

Green IT or information and communications technology (ICT) sustainability practices enable your team to develop web applications with minimal energy consumption. Maximizing energy efficiency allows your company to promote a positive image of corporate responsibility that can win over the support of collaborators.

By replacing your existing framework with Qwik, you can take a step closer to building sustainable web applications through cost-effective energy use.

What Is Qwik?

Qwik is a resumable frontend javascript framework focused on time-to-interactive and developed by Builder.io. With Qwik, you can immediately start executing on the server, serialize apps, and send them to clients as HTML. Builder.io also created Partytown (a solution that runs third-party scripts within a web worker) and Qwik City, the meta version of the Qwik framework.

The efficient framework was created by Misko Hevery, the founder of AngularJS, the open-source framework often used for building client applications with HTML and TypeScript.

Qwik was developed as an answer to the prevalent hydration issues associated with frontend frameworks that have caused costly disruptions and slowdowns in certain app environments.

Qwik's Impact on Green IT

Qwik bypasses hydration limitations via its resumability method. The expedited process offers various advantages by loading the necessary initial amount of JavaScript according to your web development needs. Your team can add subsequent JavaScript executions as required, achieving a seamless and sustainable data-loading process.

Feature #1: Resumable Infrastructure

Qwik’s resumable system uses lazy event handler creation through server-side rendering. Each creation occurs in response to an event trigger with an as-needed arrangement. Resumability offers advantages such as:

  • Eliminating steps found in a conventional hydration process, specifically creations that occur before an event triggers, such as creating and registering all possible event handlers.
  • Creating event handlers through deserialization, so your team can rely on the framework within the process without redoing work, resulting in quicker start-up times.

Feature #2: Zero-Loading Capabilities

Qwik achieves zero-loading capabilities through its resumability feature. As such, your team can optimize page loads across the most complex web pages and mobile device platforms. How Qwik works is through a progressive hydration technique that powers independent page hydration, resulting in individual page components loading without passing through an ordered hierarchy.

Zero loading takes you a step closer to cost-effective web development by:

  • Eliminating delayed time to interactive (TTI) by responding directly to user events.
  • Optimizing Google PageSpeed scores with metrics that can result in improved SEO performance.

Feature #3: Fuss-Free Scalability

Your team can apply the interactive Qwik framework to achieve scalable web development faster and more efficiently. Specifically, your team can scale with Qwik by:

  • Building apps with significantly reduced time and energy consumption. This is possible because Qwik only downloads a small portion of JavaScript and only upon user interaction.
  • Keeping your web apps highly functional based on the complexity of user interactions. This allows you to scale without having to download all the component codes on your page.

Building Sustainable Web Apps With Qwik

The Qwik framework makes it possible for your team to create web applications faster by reducing the number of steps and resources needed for scaling and preparing your web app software, thereby furthering Green IT energy efficiency efforts.

Qwik also contains other built-in functions that complement your sustainable initiatives through cost-effective processes, such as:

  • Managing reactivity: Qwik’s reactivity provides seamless tracking of state changes to ensure that your system runs smoothly with the minimal components required for re-rendering.
  • Running performance-based functionality: Qwik enables your team to conveniently manage pure HTML with ease, even with massive code bases.
  • Lazy loading: With Qwik, your team can turn to the optimizer to create lazy loading codes. The optimizer implements the “$” symbol for lazy loading imports.
  • Leveraging Vite: Developer teams can use the builder tool Vite to eliminate the process of bundling code in the browser, drastically improving dev server start times.
  • Easy styling: Qwik uses useStyles$() for settling on a loading style instead of traditional inline methods. For example, useStyles$(AppCSS); const store = useStore({ open: false, siblings: [0] }, { deep: true });
  • Minimizing overall operational costs: The reduced energy consumption of using Qwik lowers the energy required to maintain your IT infrastructure. Your team can rechannel these cost savings into other eco-friendly initiatives, such as establishing server virtualization and standardizing green disposal practices that can further reduce your company’s carbon footprint.

Potential Qwik Use Cases

Qwik's resumable components enable the cost-efficient development of web applications as part of Green IT initiatives. The framework recently reached its 1.1 version.

With Qwik's resumability, web app developers can create sustainable products through an expedited production process regardless of software size and complexity. In theory, developers using Qwik can scale infinitely without requiring large amounts of energy for loading, a process that takes a toll on the environment. Specifically, Qwik developers can leverage cost-effective JavaScript tooling (the web tools, utilities, and libraries used for building browser-ready codes) since additional JavaScript code only gets loaded when a user interacts with the app UI.

Closing Thoughts – Qwik: A Green IT Solution on the Horizon

Qwik is a trusted upcoming addition to the emerging field of Green IT. As more companies lean toward digital transformation and sustainable IT, solutions like Qwik can make a positive difference for many organizations and data centers.

The future of performant web apps that allocate the amount of JavaScript required based on the complexity of user interaction is fast approaching, leading developers toward a more sustainable green IT reality.

Adservio offers the expertise to help your company transition to a more sustainable web development process that is quickly becoming an industry standard regardless of developer experience. Contact the Adservio team to discover how we can help you make informed decisions for cost-effective full stacks in the digital future.

Published on
June 1, 2023

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