rubydev89 rubydev89 - 5 months ago 19
HTML Question

What are reliable ways to identify/spot a single page application (SPA)?

When viewing a web application as a user, what are some reliable ways to determine if the app is a single page application (SPA)?

Is there a way to determine this by looking at the source code in the browser/console? Does looking at the URL and how it changes indicate anything?

Answer Source

Depending on the framework used, the URL might make extensive use of hashtags. IF you click on navigation links, etc and the URL looks like http://somesite/#/some/route, then it is using hashtag-based routing and is a SPA. Angular 1.x did this for a while. However, newer routing engines use HTML5 features that make the route look like a normal URL: http://somesite/some/route. This URL would be indistinguishable from a non-SPA site. In that case, the only way to tell it is a SPA is to look at the javascript code (Does it use a SPA framework) and/or network traffic (when you click a link does it get the whole page, or just some JSON needed for the current view).