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Electron — If you can build a website, you can build a desktop app with Javan M.


Electron is a framework for building native, cross-platform applications with the web technologies you know and love: JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. It’s a happy marriage of Chrome (Chromium, technically) and Node.js that empowers you quickly to build and distribute rich applications. And in this talk I’ll do just that! Watch me build an app from scratch and learn how easy it is.


Javan Makhmali is a Programmer at Basecamp, and the sole developer behind its Electron-backed desktop app. He’s the co-creator of Trix, and a regular contributor to Ruby on Rails.

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  • Nick W.

    Good 101-style presentation on how to get started with Electron.

    1 · August 11

  • Danielle

    Thanks, Javan, great talk!

    2 · August 9

  • Gerard K.

    Great talk Javan. Thanks for sharing. I'm excited by the possibilities.

    4 · August 8

  • Larisa B. aka X.

    Gps sent me to Ypsilanti?!? By the time I get there it will be after 7pm :(

    August 8

    • SEM.js

      Sorry to hear that :( The session is being recorded ( and we'll be going to Arbor Brewing afterward, if you'd like to come late and get a drink with us.

      1 · August 8

    • Larisa B. aka X.

      Sadly drinking + driving is not a good mix on a worknight with a longish drive home, but i look forward to watching the session and attending the next one!!

      1 · August 8

  • Javan M.

    Here's the demo app I made for this talk: I'll be going over the code on screen so having a local copy isn't required at all, but free to clone (and run `npm install`) before arriving to save the wifi.

    1 · August 8

  • Javan M.

    We'll be discussing There's no need to pre-install anything, but you can check out Electron's quick start app ( if you want to tinker.

    1 · August 8

  • Tommy R.

    Are we going to be discussing any software in particular that I should pre-install before the event?

    August 8

  • zane

    is this full? or can people still come?

    August 6

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    July 24

  • Daniel M.

    Unfortunately I have to cancel. 😐 I look forward to catching up once the video is available.

    July 19

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