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Electron vs SDL: What are the differences?

Developers describe Electron as "Build cross platform desktop apps with web technologies. Formerly known as Atom Shell, made by GitHub". 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. On the other hand, SDL is detailed as "A cross-platform software development library". 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.

Electron and SDL can be categorized as "Cross-Platform Desktop Development" tools.

Some of the features offered by Electron are:

  • Use HTML, CSS, and JavaScript with Chromium and Node.js to build your app.
  • Electron is open source
  • maintained by GitHub and an active community.

On the other hand, SDL provides the following key features:

  • Multiple window support
  • Hardware-accelerated 2D graphics
  • Better Unicode support

Electron is an open source tool with 77.2K GitHub stars and 10.2K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Electron's open source repository on GitHub.

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Pros of Electron
Pros of SDL
  • 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
  • 1
    Actively being worked on
  • 1
    Cross-platform
  • 1
    Fast

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Cons of Electron
Cons of SDL
  • 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
  • 1
    No GUI support

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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 SDL?

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.

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