spent using a professional desktop OS are demanding more than having their apps trapped in browser tabs. ➤ High value apps such as Slack, Microsoft Visual Studio Code, Brave browser are using web technologies to run on the desktop ➤ Using Electron to build native desktop apps, and why you should care
Schedule, Manager’s Schedule, June 2009 ➤ Makers are sitting at desktops, and customize their professional desktop os, with tools that they use hours at a time ➤ The focus and availability of alt-tab and window management is crucial
of a button, without even needing to open a browser. We wanted to put every one of our internal tools, the answers they held to our questions, and the solutions they held to our problems at our ﬁngertips. –Algolia Stories
a single browser — the latest version of Chromium ➤ Can have all assets and code locally ➤ Or mix and match local (large!) assets and remote API calls and assets ➤ In many ways, a more controlled environment
the best of both worlds — the rapid iteration and ecosystem of web development, and the ability (with a bit of C++ and elbow grease!) to access the underlying operating system in ways that websites can’t reach. –Slack Engineering
are tough to make sustainable ➤ SaaS apps are stuck in browser tabs and have low switching costs ➤ Companion desktop apps for SaaS add value to the professional desktop OS user ➤ Activate app store distribution channel
web app that has high usage on desktop, you should consider making a desktop app ➤ Look at the context and users of your service: support maker activities ➤ Ask yourself, what does it mean to combine the best of the web and the desktop?
List, Sindre Sorhus https://github.com/ sindresorhus/awesome-electron ➤ Building a Desktop Applications with Electron, Kristian Poslek https://medium.com/developers-writing/building-a-desktop- application-with-electron-204203eeb658#.xewp6hx57 ➤ Building Hybrid Applications with Electron, Slack Engineering https://slack.engineering/building-hybrid-applications-with- electron-dc67686de5fb ➤ How Algolia uses Electron to improve internal productivity, Algolia Stories https://stories.algolia.com/how-algolia-uses-electron-to- improve-internal-productivity-8e89efe60b59