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Cross-platform Desktop Application Development: Electron, Node, NW.js, and React by Dmitry Sheiko

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Electron

We have already become acquainted with NW.js. As you likely know, there is an alternative to it called Electron (https://electron.atom.io/). By and large, both provide comparable feature sets (http://bit.ly/28NW0iX). On the other hand, we can observe that Electron has a larger and much more active community (https://electron.atom.io/community/).

Electron is also known to be the GUI framework behind notable open source projects, such as Visual Studio Code (https://code.visualstudio.com/) and Atom IDE (https://atom.io/).

From a developer perspective, the first difference one faces is that Electron's entry point is a JavaScript, unlike HTML in NW.js. As we launch an Electron application, the framework runs first the specified script ...

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