How Electron Can Make The Cross-Platform Desktop App Development Easier?
It is true mobile app development is increasing at the speed of light. But, desktop app development is also not far behind.
Developers are looking for the cross-platform desktop app development or want to port the web app to the desktop.
That’s where electron framework comes to the rescue.
The framework eases the app development by taking care of hard parts and providing core functionalities such as automatic updates, notifications, native menus, Windows installers, app crash reporting, and debugging and profiling.
These appealing benefits make the framework to be leveraged by the world-renowned companies for desktop development.
The real scenario…
The apps built using electron framework looks akin to Node.JS application. The electron apps are wrapped with a derivative of NPM packager and hosted in a directory scripts and HTML5.
The code always begins with the main.JS script that manages the windows and work as an event hub for the application. With prebuilt electron, you can build the app from the scratch in your own environment.
Besides, developers can leverage all the node.JS modules alongside electron modules in an electron application while working with any host OS. Also, the learning curve of Node.JS is short so handling the main and render process becomes plain-sailing.
The IPC module of electron handles and manage the interprocess communication where messages can be sent synchronously or asynchronously between the windows. This method allows the content transfer to the main process from isolated processes to gain the access to the file system.
The benefits that cannot be ignored.
The developers are not required to learn new languages that save a lot of time and they can reuse the knowledge and experience so there is no need to hire the web development experts for every platform or operating system to work on. At the same time, it reduces the time and costs involved in the development.
The framework is still in the rudimentary stage and getting upgraded with time and it can be said that soon it will blur the line between web applications and desktop applications.