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    Desktop look / feel vs web Deveopment

    I've got a project to do and I love the look and feel of desktop applications...

    The issue is, users will demand web-based so it can be used anywhere and also so it works for Mac users.

    Is there any theory or articles on this topic... I love the desktop applications can do

    - Store a lot of user specific data locally
    - Have one instance running at a time that knows when you're there and not just with an open browser or session
    - General look and feel or windows app with all the tools that come in .NET

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    What you might want to look into is Electron. It can be used to take full stack node.js/HTML/CSS applications that can be crafted to run in a browser, take it and make a standalone cross-platform application out of it.

    That way you can build standalone "native" applications AND the web version at the same time.

    It's pretty much the JavaScript engine from Chrome (V8) with with HTML/CSS rendering engine (Blink) sitting atop it, which is backwards from how a browser works.

    Many "native" applications -- including the Atom editor and Microsoft's "Visual Studio Code" are built with it.
    “There are two ways of constructing a software design: One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies.” – C.A.R. Hoare, The 1980 ACM Turing Award Lecture


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