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Cross-Platform Desktop Applications: Using Node, Electron, and NW.js by Paul B. Jensen

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Chapter 1. Introducing Electron and NW.js

This chapter covers

  • Understanding why Node.js desktop apps are the rage these days
  • Previewing Node.js desktop application frameworks Electron and NW.js
  • Using these frameworks to build cross-platform desktop apps with Node.js
  • Comparing the frameworks
  • Identifying real-world applications built with Electron and NW.js

Node.js is known as a programming framework that lets developers build server-side applications in JavaScript. Since its creation in 2009, it has spawned a variety of popular web frameworks like Express and Hapi, as well as real-time web frameworks like Meteor and Sails. It has also allowed developers to create isomorphic web apps using tools like Facebook’s React, a UI library that ...

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