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Even though people complain about it a lot, the Electron project is pretty impressive and enabled a whole slew of apps to be developed by leveraging people's web skills.

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The Electron framework lets you write cross-platform desktop applications using JavaScript, HTML and CSS. It is based on Node.js and Chromium and is used by the Atom editor and many other apps.

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To install prebuilt Electron binaries, use npm The preferred method is to install Electron as a development dependency in your app:

npm install electron --save-dev [--save-exact]

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Electron itself is great. Electron apps aren't.

I think, all Electron apps should share a common engine runtime, or even use the runtime of system Chrome/Chromium for a fast boot up.

 

Just wonder how VSCode so light (~70MB) vs other electron apps (just hello-word apps already ~200MB).

 

That's why I hope desktop PWAs become more of a thing. Allowing webdevs to easily create desktop apps with their familiar technologies and reusing the same browser runtime that's likely already running.

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