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Developing an Electron Edge by Max Gfeller, Troy Mott, Adam Lynch

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Chapter 10. Electron Versus the Web

It’s clear by now how powerful Electron is. It doesn’t take much effort to create a complex desktop application using Electron, you get to leverage your existing skills with Web technologies, and a user can easily have no idea your app isn’t native. Win, win, win. The use of Web technologies is really interesting. Does this afford you anything you couldn’t do in a native desktop app? Does it limit you in any way? This is what we’ll explore in this chapter.

Sure, there are advantages to going native. Native APIs make it easy to do certain things, some of which are completely impossible to achieve on the Web. Thankfully, you can use native modules or binaries if you really need to. One example we’ll take a ...

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