What is Electron JS ?
Why use Electron js?
Electron is an open-source framework. Initially, it was built by GitHub for Atom code editor in 2013. How does Electron.js work? If you use Electron, desktop apps built with this framework act like web apps but they can read and record data in a computer file system. There are many desktop apps created using Electron like Skype for Linux or Slack, but we will provide you with a list of the most popular apps created with Electron below.
One of the greatest advantages of Electron framework: web developers don’t need to learn new tools or programming language for building desktop apps. Electron utilizes already created business logic, UI/UX and general web app structure. It is a really perfect way to reduce costs and save time both for a developer and for a customer.
Electron is a great technology with a large growing community. Due to Chromium engine, developers get access to such tools like Developer Tools and Storage Access. That is why your desktop app may function on any platform whether it's MacOS, Windows, or Linux.
Here are a few of the other benefits of using Electron to build desktop apps:
- An Electron app will run exactly the same in 10 years as it does now. It won’t be affected by new or broken browsers and, from a user perspective, will look and behave the same.
- You don’t need to worry about users having to manage multiple open browsers and tabs.
- Users can view Electron applications on a variety of different browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge and Safari.
- Electron applications run the same regardless of the operating system.
- You don’t need to worry about browser caches when the website is updated.
- Users won’t lose their data when they refresh.
- Development cost for Electron applications is lower because developers don’t need to code across multiple browsers and operating systems.