Many cryptocurrency traders and hodlers check out the prices regularly because they know a day in this Wild West means a full month in the traditional investment space.
I personally fell in love with the tech behind cryptocurrencies when I read the whitepapers a couple of months ago. I invested in what I considered it had intrinsic value and, naturally, now I want to keep track of my money. CoinMarketCap is a great tool for that, but there’s a problem.
Being a developer who also suffers of tabmania on Chrome, it’s almost impossible to properly keep in touch with my cryptos. Just take a look. It takes ages to look for the right tab.
That’s why I decided to kick off a simple but working desktop client for CoinMarketCap, as on a few searches on Google I only found poor, undocumented attempts.
Simple enough, at the core of the app there is a webview which wraps the official website. At the moment, there are 4 advantages of using the desktop version:
Running in its own window, it won’t get mixed up with your normal browsing
Has its own special icon in the dock/ task bar/ alt+tab list/ cmd+tab list/ start menu
You can set it to launch on startup
When you have to quit the web browser because something made it go nuts and it started to use 1,000% CPU and 10 GB RAM, the client will continue to run (and the same goes for your ordinary browsing if it’s the client that’s causing the problem)
Also, there are automatic updates, which is really important due to the fact there are some really cool features coming soon.
Ability to set notifications when a specific price is hit
Develop the same app for other coin tracking websites, such as CoinGecko
The source code is, of course, open source and anyone can contribute. As I will be constrained by time, I encourage you to try and play with the project.