Let’s Learn Blazor: Creating a Desktop App with Electron.NET
Turn Blazor Server into a cross-platform desktop app using the open source Electron framework for .NET
This is one of several articles on Blazor I’ll be writing, all so engineers can get familiar with the capabilities and tricks of this burgeoning and exciting web technology
So you’ve started building a web app using Blazor, but you realise it’ll likely be better suited as a desktop app. That’s fair. Some apps just don’t lend themselves to web stuff. You want a tray icon; you want your app to run offline. There are any number of reasons you might want your app to run on a local workstation than in the cloud.
So what’s a developer to do? Well, Microsoft has all kinds of big plans with .NET Maui a cross-platform app development framework which will apparently link all the varied OS (including mobile) together under a grand unified field theory of app development.
However, at this point, .NET Maui is in early preview, so maybe you’re not ready to leap on that unproven bandwagon. After all, Microsoft projects are notorious for slipping deadlines and for .0 versions to be buggy as a college dorm mattress. Maybe you need something a big more stable, with a lot of bells and whistles ready to go.
So like so many devs, you turn your attention to the cross-platform app dev framework Electron.
To get started with Electron, check out the resources below. Learn how to wrap your web app with Electron, access all…
Why Electron Isn’t For Everyone