Building desktop apps with Electron is powerful: It enables developers to use web technologies to target all major operating systems. However, writing the app itself is only half the battle - one also has to compile binaries and create installers, packages, and bundles for the variety of distribution methods. To assist developers with that, the Electron community is currently converging on a single developer tool: electron-forge.
Today, I'm releasing a full rewrite of ember-electron, integrating forge with the Ember Cli. Ember-Electron still handles build-test-release cycle for Ember developers, but it does using the same tools as React, Angular, and Non-Framework developers. This allows us, as a community, to worker closer together, regardless what our favorite framework and command line tool is. In doing so, ember-electron even gained some features that I previously considered out of scope.
Live-Reload and Testing
ember electron checks your app's dependencies for native code, recompiles if necessary, and starts the application in Electron. Whenever you update renderer code, the app will live-reload. Likewise,
ember electron:test runs unit tests in Electron - if run with a
--server parameter, it even does so with live-reload enabled.
Binaries and Installers
Previously, ember-electron required users to worry about native dependencies. The creation of installers was also only partially supported. Version 2 brings tons of changes:
ember electron:package creates fitting binaries for Windows, macOS, and Linux.
ember electron:make is brand new ✨ and creates installers and distribution bundles. For Windows, that means a Squirrel Installer and a Windows Store Package; for macOS,
dmg files and a Mac App Store Package, while Linux users enjoy the creation of
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The rewrite and subsequent release of ember-electron 2 was mostly done by its new contributors, Aidan Nulman (@anulman), Florian Pichler (@pichfl), and Ben Demboski (@bendemboski). Huge thanks to them and everyone else who contributed!