ElectronJS - The Future of Desktop Application

Published at May 25th 18, 05:30

Desktop applications are still a force to reckon with even though there's been a steady decline in the number of applications created thanks to the growing number of browsers and mobile devices; you can argue that desktop applications are still useful for many reasons.

Desktop applications are ever present on your computer, connect better thanks to shortcuts and they offer faster notifications for those who delight in lightning speed.

The creation of desktop applications, on the other hand, is not as fanciful as the applications it creates. Using JavaScript, you will be able to create a codebase and package for each operating system with ease. A new method works. Nowadays, Electron JS is the tool used more often along with NW.JS.

What is Electron?

The electron as a framework is used for creating desktop applications in collaboration with other popular technologies such as JavaScript and CSS. It does the dirty work so you can focus on the significant areas of your application.

Electron J.S is open source and works as a cross-platform framework, which means it is compatible with Mac, Windows and Linux. Everything you need to hardcode a desktop application is inbuilt to the Electron framework including updates, notifications, and debugging features.

This framework is used by lots of developers, and this is due in part to some reasons chief of which is the runtime it provides to build desktop applications using pure JavaScript.

Once you fire up this application, a process kickstarts which interacts with the graphical user interface of the operating system. It does this by creating a file called main.js followed by application windows which are filled with rendered web pages with the power to interact with the GUI of the installed operating system.

Electron J.S is more than a framework. It is part of the computer revolution.

Electron Js has been powering some of the most famous desktop applications, and there are no signs of it slowing down anytime soon.

Here are some popular desktop applications that were built on the Electron platform:

Torrent Desktop Apps

When Torrent first broke out in, the whole world broke out into a frenzy. Today, we have millions of people all across the globe using torrent websites to download and share files securely. Todays, torrent files can be downloaded on a mobile phone or to your desktop computers.

There are lots of mobile apps and desktop apps for torrent websites but the most intuitive has to tbe the WebTorrent app which is built on Electron JS as their basic developing program.

WebTorrent also happens to be the first torrent client that works in the browser and on the desktop. It's written in JavaScript, and it handles peer-to-peer transport through WebRTC. It works by linking the user to a decentralized browser-to-browser network that ensures the efficient sharing and transfer of files without any plugins or extensions being installed. Thanks to what it's built on, Electron, the WebTorrent desktop version runs very fast, is lightweight and ad-free ensuring the user enjoys the experience every time it's' being used.

CMS Desktop Apps

Content Management Systems have simplified the ease at which digital content is created and managed. CMS systems differ based on the ease at which they can be installed, used and extended.

A list of the popular content management systems used globally includes Wordpress, Drupal, Joomla, and Alfresco. Wordpress remains the most popular CMS platform, used primarily for blogging thanks to the documentation.

The WordPress Desktop application is built on Electron, and it is built on an open source framework that makes it easier to manage Wordpress content.

While most users might access WordPress more from their browsers, WordPress for Desktop is an entirely new seamless and cross-platform experience that allows the users to focus more on content creation without all of the distractions that comes with browsers.

WordPress uses Electron due to its minimal load times allowing the writer to get its work done without music hassles. Built on Electron as the framework and JavaScript using React as its primary language.

Ghost is another open source platform that allows users to build and run their private online publications. It's not as popular as WordPress, but it has its tribe. You'll find thousands of blogs to magazines and even journals using this online publication.

The Ghost Desktop app is quite intuitive and fast due to the simple and more focus style of writing.

The Ghost Desktop application is built on Electron which allows users to focus on writing by providing little things like shortcuts during writing while remaining versatile enough to manage multiple blogs. The Ghost app uses JavaScript and Node.js for delivering excellent user experience.

Messaging Apps

Some of the world's most used messaging desktop apps are built on Electron. A good example is Slack Desktop for macOS.

This app is built on the Electron framework and is responsible for its fast performance and unique look compared to what you have in the browser experience.

With the Slack Desktop app, you get to enjoy all the features you experience on the browser version plus better organization and focused workspace to communicate with your team.

Another top messaging app that is based on the Electron framework is Whatsapp Desktop Messenger App which provides more for you while working less. Thanks to the Electron framework, Whatsapp was able to streamline and revolutionize its unique messaging app as well as taking it to the next level.

The electron framework has dominated for a while and based on the number of popular desktop applications using it, we expect it to continue being relevant in the years to come.