One of the nice things about electron is that the code executed inside the chromium context is still a full-fledged node-style context and has access to all the nifty things that node and node-modules have to offer.
This enourmous advantage is lost when using most any bundling system such as
browserify or webpack
since these bundle all sources into a single file and replace
require with something
else. This means that loading actual node_modules from the actual
directory (or native) stops working.
At the same time these bundlers also fulfill two other purposes:
- allowing for component hot-reloading
In electron we don't actually want the bundling and messing with require. What we'd really want is for the transformation of JSX to be transparent and hot-reloading to just work without messing up other stuff.
electron-jsx-hotload. It creates a new file loader for the standard node
also analyses the exports of any loaded JSX-module for
enables them to be hot-loaded.
If chokidar (peer-dependency) is available and
process.env.NODE_ENV is not
"production" it also watches the root folder for any changes to JSX files and
hot-swaps them into the window.
How to do this? Just add:
<head> tag of any electron HTML file. This will allow you to just use:
to load your JSX-React components. These will also hot-reload if a file-change is
noticed. And best of all, inside your JSX files you can now
require any node-module
native or otherwise without depending on shims and worrying that some bun(d|g)ler
has messed with
** No more web-server to run; no more bundling to be done; full-access to node-modules **
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