Push Notifications for the Web

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self.addEventListener('push', function(event) {  
  // Since there is no payload data with the first version  
  // of push messages, we'll grab some data from  
  // an API and use it to populate a notification  
  event.waitUntil(  
    fetch(SOME_API_ENDPOINT).then(function(response) {  
      if (response.status !== 200) {  
        // Either show a message to the user explaining the error  
        // or enter a generic message and handle the   
        // onnotificationclick event to direct the user to a web page  
        console.log('Looks like there was a problem. Status Code: ' + response.status);  
      throw new Error();  
      }

      // Examine the text in the response  
      return response.json().then(function(data) {  
        if (data.error || !data.notification) {  
          console.error('The API returned an error.', data.error);  
          throw new Error();  
        }  
          
        var title = data.notification.title;  
        var message = data.notification.message;  
        var icon = data.notification.icon;  
        var notificationTag = data.notification.tag;

        return self.registration.showNotification(title, {  
          body: message,  
          icon: icon,  
          tag: notificationTag  
        });  
      });  
    }).catch(function(err) {  
      console.error('Unable to retrieve data', err);

      var title = 'An error occured';
      var message = 'We were unable to get the information for this push message';  
      var icon = URL_TO_DEFAULT_ICON;  
      var notificationTag = 'notification-error';  
      return self.registration.showNotification(title, {  
          body: message,  
          icon: icon,  
          tag: notificationTag  
        });  
    })  
  );  
});

If you ask a room of developers what mobile device features are missing from the web, push notifications are always high on the list. As of Chrome version 42, the Push API and Notification API are available to developers.

Be sure to read up on ServiceWorkers first, as push notifications rely on them.

Also: looks complicated. A tad too complicated.

Push Notifications on the Open Web →

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