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The Holy Grail of Isomorphism: Packaging Elixir for Desktop Apps

Evadne Wu
September 03, 2020

The Holy Grail of Isomorphism: Packaging Elixir for Desktop Apps

Evadne Wu

September 03, 2020

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  1. The Holy Grail of Isomorphism:
    Packaging Elixir for Desktop Apps
    Evadne Wu
    Elixir Enthusiast
    [email protected]

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  2. Myself
    Aspiring Bodgemaster
    Elixir Programmer (etso, packmatic, shun, etc.)
    Cocoa/Touch Programmer (DayFlow, LiveFrost, etc.)
    Inquiries: [email protected]
    Arguments: twitter.com/evadne

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  3. 1
    The Problem

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  5. The number of
    technologies we have
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    The Environment

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  11. 3
    The Accident

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  22. 4
    The Stuffing

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  23. Electron (Simplified)
    Mac App

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  24. How about this?
    Web View
    Mac App

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  25. Prior Art: Nerves
    WebEngine Kiosk

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  27. Prior Art: iErl

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  28. Prior Art: iErl
    An embeddable, statically-linked BEAM
    No NIFs
    No JIT

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  29. Optimisations & Tradeoffs
    Non-Native, Web-Based UI, but normalised after a
    decade of Web 2.0 development
    Non-Standard Tooling, but with a much smaller
    conceptual space and customisability
    Non-Specialised BEAM VM, but with rock-solid,
    predictable performance and stability

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  30. Today’s Approach
    Create an Elixir Project with Phoenix, in the normal way, with
    some Endpoint customisation for port-finding and self-
    Create an Xcode Project for macOS, with a WKWebView and a
    Task that starts the Server
    Create an Elixir Release and have Xcode copy it into the
    Application Bundle

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  31. Miscellaneous
    Storing data locally: Either use sqlite3 / sqlitex from
    Elixir side or use Local Storage from JavaScript side.
    Synchronising with the server: Use whatever existing
    APIs you have — as you are running a full BEAM node.

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