Adam Lynch

I'm Adam Lynch. I like to code, write, and dabble in design. I lead's next product.

  1. Beyond The Browser: From Web Apps To Desktop Apps

    I started out as a web developer, and that’s now one part of what I do as a full-stack developer, but never had I imagined I’d create things for the desktop. I love the web. I love how altruistic our community is, how it embraces open-source, testing and pushing the envelope. I love discovering beautiful websites and powerful apps. When I was first tasked with creating a desktop app, I was apprehensive and intimidated. It seemed like it would be difficult, or at least… different.   Read more
  2. Developing an Electron Edge(Book)

    Electron combines Chromium and Node.js, empowering you to create real desktop apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, which integrate tightly into the desktop environment. In Developing an Electron Edge, we cover all things Electron. We breakdown what Electron is and what you can achieve with it over a typical desktop or Web app. Not only will we cover the complete development process from beginning to end, but the packaging and delivery of your app as well. You’ll discover some platform specific issues, learn how to deploy automatic updates, and even take a look at using one codebase for the desktop and the Web.   Get the book
  3. Resurrecting Clippy

    Remember Clippy? First shipped with Windows 97, Clippy was a “smart” assistant for Microsoft Office. A selfless shape-shifting paperclip who would appear out of nowhere to help you in any way it could. And how did you treat...   Read more
  4. Transparency and NW.js

    Yes, NW.js does support transparency, albeit it is disabled by default. One way to enable transparency is to use the transparency property to your application's manifest like this...   Read more
  5. NW.js: the app and shortcut APIs

    The NW.js GUI library provides an "App" API, which contains a variety of methods and properties, some of which are essential to pretty much any app, and some have more obscure use cases. You can access the API as follows...   Read more
  6. Platform detection in your NW.js app

    There are various reasons why you might want to detect which platform or operating system your NW.js app is currently being ran on. Your keyboard shortcuts or UI may differ per platform, you might want to store files in platform-specific directories on disk, etc. Thanks to node's (or io.js') os module, it isn't too difficult.   Read more
  7. Platform detection in your NW.js app

    NW.js is great for creating desktop applications using Web app technologies. If you're not familiar with NW.js, I'd advise you to read an introductory article like Creating Your First Desktop App With HTML, JS and Node-WebKit to get a good base first. This is a slightly more advanced article intended for anyone interested into distributing their NW.js app to Windows users.   Read more
  8. npm and distribution path length problems

    You might have been unfortunate enough to learn that Windows has a 256 character limit on file paths. You could've ran into this problem locally or on end users' machines. There's no real workaround but there are preventive measures you can take. Even if you haven't, feel free to take pleasure from reading my horror story.   Read more
  9. Building your app: creating executables for NW.js

    How hard can it be to package up your NW.js app into real executables? To be a true desktop app, it should be a self-contained .exe, .app, or similar. There are a few ways to approach this. Let's start with the simplest approach with the least amount of code or configuration.   Read more
  10. Dealing with long paths

    You might have been unfortunate enough to learn that Windows has a 256-character limit on file paths. You could’ve run into this problem locally or on end users’ machines. We’ve created a simple little module called gulp-path-length to…   Read more
  11. CoffeeScript at Teamwork

    The first project at Teamwork to use CoffeeScript was the iPad app. Fast forward two years. We now have web, mobile and even desktop apps built with CoffeeScript. If you need a primer, there’s no better place…   Read more