Electron in Action

Book description

Electron in Action guides you, step-by-step, as you learn to build cross-platform desktop applications that run on Windows, OSX, and Linux. By the end of the book, you'll be ready to build simple, snappy applications using JavaScript, Node, and the Electron framework.

About the Technology

Wouldn’t it be great to build desktop applications using just your web dev skills? Electron is a framework designed for exactly that! Fully cross-platform, Electron lets you use JavaScript and Node to create simple, snappy desktop apps. Spinning up tools, games, and utilities with Electron is fast, practical, and fun!

About the Book

Electron in Action teaches you to build cross-platform applications using JavaScript, Node, and the Electron framework. You’ll learn how to think like a desktop developer as you build a text tool that reads and renders Markdown. You’ll add OS-specific features like the file system, menus, and clipboards, and use Chromium’s tools to distribute the finished product. You’ll even round off your learning with data storage, performance optimization, and testing.

What's Inside

  • Building for macOS, Windows, and Linux
  • Native operating system APIs
  • Using third-party frameworks like React
  • Deploying to the Mac App Store

About the Reader

Requires intermediate JavaScript and Node skills. No experience building desktop apps required.

About the Author

Steven Kinney is a principal engineer at SendGrid, an instructor with Frontend Masters, and the organizer of the DinosaurJS conference in Denver, Colorado.

The definitive source on cross-platform desktop app development with a code-driven narrative.
- Ashwin K. Raj, Innocepts

Takes you from simply knowing what Electron is about, to actually writing complex Electron applications.
- Alexey Galiullin, Voiceworks

Allowed me to quickly build my own day-to-day tools.
- Philippe Charrière, GitLab

Fast to read and easy to understand.
- Jay Kelkar, Kelkar Systems

Finally, JavaScript is everywhere!
- William E. Wheeler, consultant

Product information

  • Title: Electron in Action
  • Author(s): Steve Kinney
  • Release date: October 2018
  • Publisher(s): Manning Publications
  • ISBN: 9781617294143