The best way to create native apps for web developers
But there doesn't seem to be the one solution for developers to build a native web app. I tried out some frameworks and want to express my thoughts.
First things first: What do I want to achieve?
It's very easy to convert your already existing web app to a Chrome Web App. You just create a package with a reference in it to your web app via URL. Follow this tutorial to learn more about it.
But you can also build a brand new Chrome App which also have access to the Chrome API.
At the end you can publish your app on the Chrome Web Store. But this could be a dealbreaker for people who don't to be dependent on an app store. Conclusion: Great if you like the concept and vision of Google Chrome (OS). Get started with Chrome Apps
As an Adobe fan I also tried out Adobe AIR, of course. ;) You can use the Adobe AIR SDK for free to build apps like you want to. But Adobe's actually impression is that you create AIR apps with an Adobe product like Flash Professional.
An app built with AppJS needs node.js to run. So on Windows you have to run the node.js EXE and give it the command to show your resources. On my tryouts it didn't feel really elegant. With some extra tools you can convert the Batch command to an EXE but you don't have a real application which you can pin on your taskbar, for example. If you try to pin it only the node.exe will get pinned. Conclusion: I wouldn't recommend it. The problem isn't solved very elegant. Visit appjs.com