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Electron is an open-source application framework. The platform lets developers build cross-platform desktop applications using web technologies such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Electron combines the Chromium rendering engine and the Node.js runtime in a single runtime environment to enable the development of apps with rich user interfaces and access to native system capabilities. It allows for rapid prototyping and iteration by eliminating the need to learn new programming languages or tools for different operating systems, making it easier to maintain consistency across platforms while still being able to take advantage of OS-specific features when necessary. Apps like Slack, Visual Studio Code, Atom editor are built on Electron.