Google’s Polymer is an entirely new approach to build web applications. It makes it easy to add functionality like forms, maps and calendars in web projects to create a truly immersive app-like experience on the web. The 1.0 version of the Polymer library is now ready for use in production. This version is developed from ground-up and makes it relatively easy to create interoperable web components with core focus on cross-browser performance.

According to Google Polymer website major new and updated features include:

  • New, fast, and easy-to-use data binding system
  • Custom CSS properties for element themes and style
  • Fast and lightweight Shadow DOM shim for non-supporting browsers
  • “Behaviors” mechanism for sharing behavior between elements
  • Create production-ready elements using Polymer, to use in your app or share with other developers.

Here are the advantages of using Google Polymer

Optimized for Speed

Polymer 1.0 replaces the shadow DOM polyfill with a lightweight shim, uses a new, faster data-binding system, and significantly reduces code size.

Supports Modern Browsers

Polymer is specifically built for modern browsers, using most updated web platform APIs. Polyfills provide support on browsers for APIs.

Using Web Components

Polymer uses web components designed to provide reusable components for the web.

In simple terms, Polymer encapsulates three languages HTML, CSS and JavaScript into functional component elements. Very often maintaining, debugging and reusing combination of these languages could turn to be a daunting task. Polymer aims to reduce the complexity and enhance reuse to create app-like experience.

Polymer works by using web components. The main and the biggest benefit: they are reusable and easy to modify. The basic idea behind Polymer is that whatever element you create whether it is a table, form or navigation you create a component. You can narrow down on any of these components and use in other projects because they are just small pieces that merge together to form a bigger picture.

The phenomenal growth rate of web and stiff competition between browsers drove W3C to discard component-based service-oriented architecture (SOA) model. Polymer allows developers to build design elements that align with SOA type architecture.

Google Polymer Elements


Google has updated the Polymer with documentation of large catalog of elements, including material design elements, ecommerce elements, animation and special effects, and wrappers for third-party libraries that can be incorporated into Web apps with ease. It’s easier to create superior, production-ready elements using Polymer, to use in your app or share with other developers.

The Polymer library provides comprehensive features essential to create custom elements. These features are specifically created to easily make custom elements that work like standard DOM elements. Give elements some markup and properties, and use it on a site. Polymer provides features like templating and data binding to reduce boilerplate needed to write.


Polymer: Transcends Beyond Web Development

Polymer is not just about web development but transcends to the design elements. Polymer’s paper elements collection involves material design for the web. The core elements provide several unthemed elements to achieve material design app layouts and scrolling among other effects. Polymer aims to create a consistent user experience (UX) across a Web property from several Polymer elements.

Developers will be able to use prebuilt Polymer designs elements and themes. Ultimately, the goal is to eliminate modifying complex source code of web to align with design goals and troubleshooting complex bugs. Google Polymer is a step in the right direction.

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Vikas Mishra is Executive Director – Marketing at Hidden Brains InfoTech, a leading mobile, web and software development company. Vikas leverages digital technologies to drive competitive advantage and improve bottom-line results for clients. He is passionate about engaging with customer in the new connected world. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn.

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