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Ionic + Electron: Sneak Peek at my Upcoming Pluralsight Course

Does it feel as though everyone is doing web development these days? Where I work, every new app is a web app. But sometimes, an application has to run on the desktop and interact with the host OS. In such cases, it seems foolish to ignore all of those web development skills. Now, you don’t have to.




In this course, we are going use our web development skills: HTML, JavaScript, and TypeScript, to build a cross-platform desktop app that will run on both MacOS and Windows.

Some of the major topics that we will cover include: 
  • Building the UI with the Ionic Framework, showcasing that Ionic isn’t just about mobile development anymore.
  • Using Electron to host the Ionic code inside of a native application shell.
  • Interacting with the desktop OS to display icons and menus, loading files, and responding to user menu selections.
  • Building installers appropriate for either platform, and creating public releases from those installers.
  • Implementing auto-updates, so that the users only have to install the app once.

By the end this course, you’ll see just how simple it can be to build a real-world, functioning cross-platform app with Electron and Ionic.

Before beginning the course you should be familiar with the basics of web development using HTML5, JavaScript, TypeScript, and Angular. It will help if you have already done a few of the Ionic tutorials.

I hope you'll take a look at my course. Expected release in July 2017. 

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