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Alternatives to Photon

Electron, Atom, Wave, JavaFX, and Qt5 are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Photon.
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What is Photon and what are its top alternatives?

The fastest way to build beautiful Electron apps using simple HTML and CSS. Underneath it all is Electron. Originally built for GitHub's Atom text editor, Electron is the easiest way to build cross-platform desktop applications.
Photon is a tool in the Cross-Platform Desktop Development category of a tech stack.
Photon is an open source tool with 9.8K GitHub stars and 590 GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Photon's open source repository on GitHub

Top Alternatives to Photon

  • 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. ...

  • Atom
    Atom

    At GitHub, we're building the text editor we've always wanted. A tool you can customize to do anything, but also use productively on the first day without ever touching a config file. Atom is modern, approachable, and hackable to the core. We can't wait to see what you build with it. ...

  • Wave
    Wave

    It is a free, online software alternative to Quickbooks. Wave helps manage invoices, credit card payments, accounting & payroll. Best for small businesses & freelancers. ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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. ...

  • Element
    Element

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

  • SDL
    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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Electron

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Build cross platform desktop apps with JavaScript, HTML, and CSS
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PROS OF ELECTRON
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    Easy to make rich cross platform desktop applications
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    Open source
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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
CONS OF ELECTRON
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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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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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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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Atom

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A hackable text editor for the 21st Century
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PROS OF ATOM
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    Free
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    Open source
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    Modular design
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    Hackable
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    Beautiful UI
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    Github integration
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    Backed by github
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    Built with node.js
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    Web native
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    Community
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    Packages
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    Cross platform
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    Multicursor support
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    Nice UI
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    TypeScript editor
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    cli start
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    Simple but powerful
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    Open source, lots of packages, and so configurable
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    Chrome Inspector works IN EDITOR
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    Snippets
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    Awesome
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    Code readability
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    Smart TypeScript code completion
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    It's powerful
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    Well documented
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    "Free", "Hackable", "Open Source", The Awesomness
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    works with GitLab
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    full support
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    vim support
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    Split-Tab Layout
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    Consistent UI on all platforms
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    User friendly
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    Hackable and Open Source
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    Made by github. YAY
CONS OF ATOM
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    Slow with large files
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    Slow startup
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    Most of the time packages are hard to find.
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    Cannot Run code with F5
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    Can be easily Modified

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Jerome Dalbert
Senior Backend Engineer at StackShare · | 13 upvotes · 514.1K views

I liked Sublime Text for its speed, simplicity and keyboard shortcuts which synergize well when working on scripting languages like Ruby and JavaScript. I extended the editor with custom Python scripts that improved keyboard navigability such as autofocusing the sidebar when no files are open, or changing tab closing behavior.

But customization can only get you so far, and there were little things that I still had to use the mouse for, such as scrolling, repositioning lines on the screen, selecting the line number of a failing test stack trace from a separate plugin pane, etc. After 3 years of wearily moving my arm and hand to perform the same repetitive tasks, I decided to switch to Vim for 3 reasons:

  • your fingers literally don’t ever need to leave the keyboard home row (I had to remap the escape key though)
  • it is a reliable tool that has been around for more than 30 years and will still be around for the next 30 years
  • I wanted to "look like a hacker" by doing everything inside my terminal and by becoming a better Unix citizen

The learning curve is very steep and it took me a year to master it, but investing time to be truly comfortable with my #TextEditor was more than worth it. To me, Vim comes close to being the perfect editor and I probably won’t need to switch ever again. It feels good to ignore new editors that come out every few years, like Atom and Visual Studio Code.

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Julian Sanchez
Lead Developer at Chore Champion · | 9 upvotes · 419.8K views

We use Visual Studio Code because it allows us to easily and quickly integrate with Git, much like Sublime Merge ,but it is integrated into the IDE. Another cool part about VS Code is the ability collaborate with each other with Visual Studio Live Share which allows our whole team to get more done together. It brings the convenience of the Google Suite to programming, offering something that works more smoothly than anything found on Atom or Sublime Text

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Wave

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Free invoicing & accounting software with credit card processing & payroll services
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PROS OF WAVE
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    1 free instance without CC forever?
CONS OF WAVE
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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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      Complicated

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    Qt5 logo

    Qt5

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    PROS OF QT5
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      Fast enough
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      Very good documentation
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      C++
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      Open source
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      Cross platform
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      Easy to learn and use
    CONS OF QT5
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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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      Element logo

      Element

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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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      SDL

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      PROS OF SDL
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        Actively being worked on
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        Cross-platform
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        Fast
      CONS OF SDL
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        No GUI support

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