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    I wouldn’t bet in desktop installable apps. I see very litle use cases that are a good fit for a desktop app instead of a Web App or a Mobile App.

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      I downloaded this and took it for a spin. Here’s some likes/dislikes.

      Likes:

      The code is pretty compact and readable. Cool to see a simple website rendered as a native gui. The 2 pane method of browsing hn comments while also viewing the linked-to story is pretty cool. I can see why someone would find this a productive way of writing applications and it seems pretty easy to distribute. Nice that you can significantly reduce the file size if wanted.

      Dislikes:

      It takes many seconds to start. Java has a bad rep for startup time, but it seems like there’s a reason. Clojure on the JVM isn’t great there either. It is a pretty big download. As soon as it does start I get what seems to be hundreds of lines of java stack traces spewing to my terminal.

      I know users don’t care about the latter, but I think it shows there are reasons why the javafx/swing/etc didn’t take over the world.