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Alternatives to SDL

OpenGL, Qt, Electron, JavaFX, and Qt5 are the most popular alternatives and competitors to SDL.
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What is SDL and what are its top alternatives?

It is a cross-platform development library designed to provide low level access to audio, keyboard, mouse, joystick, and graphics hardware via OpenGL and Direct3D.
SDL is a tool in the Cross-Platform Desktop Development category of a tech stack.

Top Alternatives to SDL

  • OpenGL

    OpenGL

    It is a cross-language, cross-platform application programming interface for rendering 2D and 3D vector graphics. The API is typically used to interact with a graphics processing unit, to achieve hardware-accelerated rendering. ...

  • Qt

    Qt

    Qt, a leading cross-platform application and UI framework. With Qt, you can develop applications once and deploy to leading desktop, embedded & mobile targets. ...

  • Electron

    Electron

    With Electron, creating a desktop application for your company or idea is easy. Initially developed for GitHub's Atom editor, Electron has since been used to create applications by companies like Microsoft, Facebook, Slack, and Docker. The Electron framework lets you write cross-platform desktop applications using JavaScript, HTML and CSS. It is based on io.js and Chromium and is used in the Atom editor. ...

  • JavaFX

    JavaFX

    It is a set of graphics and media packages that enables developers to design, create, test, debug, and deploy rich client applications that operate consistently across diverse platforms. ...

  • Qt5

    Qt5

    It is a full development framework with tools designed to streamline the creation of applications and user interfaces for desktop, embedded, and mobile platforms. ...

  • Element

    Element

    Element is a Vue 2.0 based component library for developers, designers and product managers, with a set of design resources. ...

  • pygame

    pygame

    It is a cross-platform set of Python modules designed for writing video games. It includes computer graphics and sound libraries designed to be used with the Python programming language. ...

  • Nativefier

    Nativefier

    Nativefier is a command line tool that allows you to easily create a desktop application for any web site with succinct and minimal configuration. Apps are wrapped by Electron in an OS executable (.app, .exe, etc.) for use on Windows, OSX and Linux. ...

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OpenGL

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An environment for developing 2D and 3D graphics applications
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      A leading cross-platform application and UI framework
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      PROS OF QT
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        High Performance
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        Declarative, easy and flexible UI
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        Performance
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        Cross platform
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        Up to date framework
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        Easiest integration with C++
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        Fast prototyping
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        Safe 2D Renderer
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        Python
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        Multiple license including Open Source and Commercial
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        Great Community Support
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        HW Accelerated UI
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        JIT and QML Compiler
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        Game Engine like UI system
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        From high to low level coding
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        Easy Integrating to DX and OpenGL and Vulkan
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        True cross-platform framework with native code compile
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        Been using it since the 90s - runs anywhere does it all
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        Great mobile support with Felgo add-on
      CONS OF QT
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        Paid
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        C++ is not so productive
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        Lack of libraries
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        Not detailed documentation
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        Lack of community support

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      Build cross platform desktop apps with JavaScript, HTML, and CSS
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        Easy to make rich cross platform desktop applications
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        Great looking apps such as Slack and Visual Studio Code
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        Because it's cross platform
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        Use Node.js in the Main Process
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        Uses a lot of memory
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        User experience never as good as a native app
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        No proper documentation
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        Does not native
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        Each app needs to install a new chromium + nodejs
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        Wrong reference for dom inspection

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      Slack's new desktop application was launched for macOS. It was built using Electron for a faster, frameless look with a host of background improvements for a superior Slack experience. Instead of adopting a complete-in-box approach taken by other apps, Slack prefers a hybrid approach where some of the assets are loaded as part of the app, while others are made available remotely. Slack's original desktop app was written using the MacGap v1 framework using WebView to host web content within the native app frame. But it was difficult to upgrade with new features only available to Apple's WKWebView and moving to this view called for a total application rewrite.

      Electron brings together Chromium's rendering engine with the Node.js runtime and module system. The new desktop app is now based on an ES6 + async/await React application is currently being moved gradually to TypeScript. Electron functions on Chromium's multi-process model, with each Slack team signed into a separate process and memory space. It also helps prevent remote content to directly access desktop features using a feature called WebView Element which creates a fresh Chromium renderer process and assigns rendering of content for its hosting renderer. Additional security can be ensured by preventing Node.js modules from leaking into the API surface and watching out for APIs with file paths. Communication between processes on Electron is carried out via electron-remote, a pared-down, zippy version of Electron's remote module, which makes implementing the web apps UI much easier.

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      The Slack desktop app was originally written us the MacGap framework, which used Apple’s WebView to host web content inside of a native app frame. As this approach continued to present product limitations, Slack decided to migrate the desktop app to Electron. Electron is a platform that combines the rendering engine from Chromium and the Node.js runtime and module system. The desktop app is written as a modern ES6 + async/await React application.

      For the desktop app, Slack takes a hybrid approach, wherein some of the assets ship as part of the app, but most of their assets and code are loaded remotely.

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      JavaFX

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      A Java library for building Rich Internet Applications
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      PROS OF JAVAFX
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        Light
      CONS OF JAVAFX
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        Community support less than qt
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          Element

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          A Vue 2.0-based desktop UI library for developers, designers and PMs
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          PROS OF ELEMENT
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            Very complete solution
          CONS OF ELEMENT
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            Buggy in parts

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          pygame

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          Open Source python programming language library for making multimedia applications
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          PROS OF PYGAME
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            Easy to install
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            Simple
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            Lightweigt by only being 12 mb
          CONS OF PYGAME
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            Has only 2d
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            Slow

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          Nativefier

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          Wrap any web page natively without even thinking, across Windows, OSX and Linux
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            Has a better Javascript support, and is much faster
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