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Electron

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Element

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MacGap

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Pros of Electron
Pros of Element
Pros of MacGap
  • 66
    Easy to make rich cross platform desktop applications
  • 50
    Open source
  • 11
    Great looking apps such as Slack and Visual Studio Code
  • 6
    Because it's cross platform
  • 3
    Use Node.js in the Main Process
  • 3
    Very complete solution
  • 3
    Remember that Mac app you always wanted to create... ?

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Cons of Electron
Cons of Element
Cons of MacGap
  • 17
    Uses a lot of memory
  • 8
    User experience never as good as a native app
  • 4
    No proper documentation
  • 4
    Does not native
  • 1
    Each app needs to install a new chromium + nodejs
  • 1
    Wrong reference for dom inspection
  • 2
    Buggy in parts
  • 2
    Only for Mac

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What is 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.

What is Element?

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

What is MacGap?

MacGap provides HTML/JS/CSS developers an Xcode project for developing native OS X App. These Apps run in OS X's WebView and take advantage of WebKit technologies. MacGap exposes a JavaScript API for OS X integration, such as displaying native notifications or writing data to a file. MacGap is extremely lightweight and nimble; a blank application weighs less than 1MB.

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