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If you can build a website, you can build a desktop app. Electron is a framework for creating native applications with web technologies like JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. It takes care of the hard parts so you can focus on the core of your application.

React JS:

React makes it painless to create interactive UIs. Design simple views for each state in your application, and React will efficiently update and render just the right components when your data changes.


Firebase gives you functionality like analytics, databases, messaging and crash reporting so you can move quickly and focus on your users.

--- Course Overview ---

In the first section, you are going to learn what Electron JS is and what features it offers. We will learn basic concepts like the main and renderer process among many others. The UI part of the application will be handled by React Library, we will install React and we will prepare Webpack which will be responsible for bundling of our source files.

In the second section, we will create multiple views like Home, Chat, Settings views, and many others. We will integrate the routing system so we can navigate between the views. State management of the application will be handled by redux architecture and the data will be stored in the Firestore database. I will show you how to use Firestore queries, how to fetch and manipulate data.

The third section will be dedicated to authentication. We will create a login and register form and I will teach you how to handle errors coming from Firestore. Only logged in users will have full access to our application.

In the fourth section, we will explain redux middleware and we will work on the Notification feature. The application will be able to detect whether the user is offline or online. Connection changes will be displayed by the Notification system.

In the fifth section, we will be working on chat management features. The first one will be chat create functionality. After the chat will be created it will be displayed in the list of available chats. Upon clicking on the join button chat will be joined and added into the list of joined ones. The online status of a user will be displayed when the user will be joined in the chat. A green dot will indicate that the user is online, the gray dot will be reserved for offline status.

In the sixth section, we will be working on the messaging feature. Users will be able to write a message and send it out to our Firestore database. Our Application will be able to detect new messages and display them in the current active chat. Messages will be synchronized amongst many active clients.

Next, we will work on the settings view. Users will be able to change the global settings of our application. Settings will affect mostly the theme of our application and the way how Notifications work. We will store settings in local storage so we are able to retrieve them in the next load of our application.

In the seventh section, we will work on small adjustments in the Electron environment. We will create an application menu with multiple settings. We will add a tray icon to the top or bottom menu of our operating system. We will change the icon of our application and we will start working on the splash screen. The splash screen will be displayed before our main application will be fully loaded. In the last lectures, we will prepare the build configuration and will build up our application into executable files that can run on Windows, Linux, and macOS.

That’s it from the preview. There is much more covered in the lectures. I hope you like the application we are going to work on and I hope to see you in the course.


  • Basic/Mid understanding of JS(ES6) & React JS required!

Course curriculum

  • 1


  • 2

    Electron Basics

    • Section introduction

    • Initialize Electron

    • Create Browser Window

    • More Small Features

    • More about electron, Notifications

    • Chrome vs Electron

    • Node Integration

    • Code Cleanup + Security options

    • Install React

    • Webpack

    • Source Map + Debugging

    • Electron Reload

    • Main & Renderer communication

    • Preload

    • Context Bridge

  • 3

    Building up in React

    • Section introduction

    • Initial Layout

    • Separation to components

    • Router

    • Back button & More Views

    • Chat View

    • Link to the chat

    • Firebase

    • Get data from Firestore

    • Dotenv

    • Initial Store

    • Creates Action

    • Chat Reducer

    • Display Chats in lists

  • 4


    • Section introduction

    • Welcome View

    • Toggling between forms

    • Get values from form

    • Register User

    • Create user profile

    • Listen to auth changes

    • Auth reducer

    • Logout

    • Login

    • Loading View

    • User In Navbar

    • Auth reducer refactor

    • Displaying Error

    • Login & Register reducer creator

    • Reusable Error Reducer

    • Fetching reusable reducer

    • Provide user to action on login and register

    • Application Refactor & Store provider

    • Auth Route

    • UX Improvements

    • Logout fix

    • withLayout HOC

  • 5

    Middlewares & Notifications

  • 6

    Chat Management

    • Section introduction

    • Chat Create View

    • Chat create form

    • Create chat

    • Join chat after create

    • Sort Chats

    • Display Sorted Chats

    • Restart state after logout

    • Join chat

    • Join the chat reducer

    • Subscribe to chat

    • Extract users from chat

    • Set active chat to reducer

    • Display joined users

    • Subscribe to profile

    • Unsubscribe from user

    • Check User Connection

    • Save user online status to FS

    • Fixing Online status after logout

    • Displaying state change

    • Load chat improvement

  • 7


    • Section introduction

    • Messenger component

    • Message object with timestamp

    • Send message action

    • Subscribe to messages action

    • Display chat messages

    • Extract message with author

    • Register message subscription

    • UX messages improvements

    • Scroll on bottom

    • Cleanup after logout

    • Unsubscribe from chats

    • Settings View

    • Settings Reducer

    • Store data in local storage

    • Load Initial Settings

    • Custom Storage

    • Display styling changes

    • Settings Wrap Up

    • Connection fix

  • 8

    Building the App


Software Engineer

Filip Jerga

My name is Filip Jerga and I am an experienced software engineer and freelance developer. I have a Master's degree in Artificial Intelligence and several years of experience working on a wide range of technologies and projects from C++ development for ultrasound devices to modern mobile and web applications in React and Angular. Throughout my career, I have acquired advanced technical knowledge and the ability to explain programming topics clearly and in detail to a broad audience. I invite you to take my course, where I have put a lot of effort to explain web and software engineering concepts in a detailed, hands-on and understandable way.


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