Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Let's make nw.js easy to start up

I'm going to make a request of the lazy web. I don't do it often. But this is one of those times when it's the right thing to do.

What I need

  1. I need a nw.js app.

  2. I want to download the app and run it on my machine. It must not matter what folder I run it in.

  3. Mac OS.

  4. It has one command in its menu, it prompts for the address of a file on the web that contains JavaScript code. When I enter the URL, it includes the code:

    includeScriptCode (theUrl)

  5. I've provided the source for includeScriptCode in this gist.

  6. It should store the URL in localStorage and include the script code every time it starts up.

  7. If you want to get fancy you could let the user specify the URL of a stylesheet and call useStylesheet with its address as the param.

Who is the user?

Developers who want to get started with nw.js development without having to wade through a dozen confusing getting-started tutorials.

Why I need this

I go crazy trying to understand the getting-started docs for nw.js.

Yes, I probably could figure this out if it's all I had to do for a few days. But I'd rather spend the time building features for my users and readers. This simple step should exist as part of the nw.js community.

Please help. Not only will you be helping me, but you'll be helping a bunch of people who will follow, and will appreciate a simpler nw.js startup.

Update -- Oct 25

My friend Andrew Shell came through and developed exactly what I needed.

He explains on his blog.


Last built: Wed, Nov 11, 2015 at 5:41 PM

By Dave Winer, Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 1:00 PM. You should never argue with a crazy man.