Disclaimer: Jive is not for every app but it drastically reduces complexity and accelerates development speed for certain types of apps. Judge for yourself.
Jive is an architecture for semi-native apps. Jive apps can run natively on mobile and desktop, and the web. Jive can be implemented in any programming language.
A Jive app combines all of the above into an archi tecture that treats the browser as a dumb view layer while moving all app logic and computation to a preferably local but optionally remote backend. In other words, they server-render but then they also server diff and send patches to the frontend. If you’re familiar with the virtual DOM concept–it’s that–but on the server.
On the server state updates result in DOM-patch commands that are sent to the browser runtime to be executed on the DOM. This puts your view code into Nativeland — land of multiple cores, languages, durability and file system access.
When installed on mobile or desktop it will look and feel similar to an electron app. When visited in the browser it can provide a similar experience only with slightly higher latency between events and DOM updates (more on latency in the Technicals section).