Cross-Platform Desktop Applications

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Cross-Platform Desktop Applications: Using Node, Electron, and NW.js

by Paul B. Jensen
  • Length: 312 pages
  • Edition: 1
  • Publisher: Manning Publications
  • Publication Date: 2017-05-15
  • ISBN-10: 1617292842
  • ISBN-13: 9781617292842
  • Sales Rank: #320828 (See Top 100 Books)


Cross-Platform Desktop Applications guides you step-by-step through creating Node.js desktop applications with NW.js and Electron from GitHub. Foreword by Cheng Zhao, creator of Electron.

Purchase of the print book includes a free eBook in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats from Manning Publications.

About the Technology

Desktop application development has traditionally required high-level programming languages and specialized frameworks. With Electron and NW.js, you can apply your existing web dev skills to create desktop applications using only HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. And those applications will work across Windows, Mac, and Linux, radically reducing development and training time.

About the Book

Cross-Platform Desktop Applications guides you step by step through the development of desktop applications using Electron and NW.js. This example-filled guide shows you how to create your own file explorer, and then steps through some of the APIs provided by the frameworks to work with the camera, access the clipboard, make a game with keyboard controls, and build a Twitter desktop notification tool. You’ll then learn how to test your applications, and debug and package them as binaries for various OSs.

What’s Inside

  • Create a selfie app with the desktop camera
  • Learn how to test Electron apps with Devtron
  • Learn how to use Node.js with your application

About the Reader

Written for developers familiar with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

About the Author

Paul Jensen works at Starcount and lives in London, UK.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Welcome to Node.js desktop application development
Chapter 1 Introducing Electron And Nw.Js
Chapter 2 Laying The Foundation For Your First Desktop Application
Chapter 3 Building Your First Desktop Application
Chapter 4 Shipping Your First Desktop Application

Part 2 Diving deeper
Chapter 5 Using Node.Js Within Nw.Js And Electron
Chapter 6 Exploring Nw.Js And Electron’S Internals

Part 3 Mastering Node.js desktop application development
Chapter 7 Controlling How Your Desktop App Is Displayed
Chapter 8 Creating Tray Applications
Chapter 9 Creating Application And Context Menus
Chapter 10 Dragging And Dropping Files And Crafting The Ui
Chapter 11 Using A Webcam In Your Application
Chapter 12 Storing App Data
Chapter 13 Copying And Pasting Contents From The Clipboard
Chapter 14 Binding On Keyboard Shortcuts
Chapter 15 Making Desktop Notifications

Part 4 Getting ready to release
Chapter 16 Testing Desktop Apps
Chapter 17 Improving App Performance With Debugging
Chapter 18 Packaging The Application For The Wider World

Appendix Installing Node.js

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