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JavaScript creator Eich's latest project: KILL JAVASCRIPT

     
6:43 am on Jun 19, 2015 (gmt 0)

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Brendan Eich, the former CEO of Mozilla, has announced a new project that could not only speed up web applications but could eventually see the end of JavaScript as the lingua franca of web development.

Dubbed WebAssembly, the new effort is a kind of successor to Asm.js, the stripped-down JavaScript dialect that backers describe as an "assembly language for the web." Like Asm.js, it executes via a JavaScript engine. The difference is that WebAssembly is a new, low-level binary format, like a bytecode, which allows it to load and run even faster than Asm.js.

The long-term goal, Eich said, is for WebAssembly to become a kind of binary object format

[theregister.co.uk...]

The future, maybe?
2:10 pm on June 19, 2015 (gmt 0)

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Sounds like it as there is participation from the big players here and the W3 is overseeing the project:
[w3.org...]

I'm still trying to wrap my head around it though -- is it like a Perl/PHP implementation on a web server except in the browser? Where the browser is going to compile the code, whether you wrote it in JavaScript or not? From the article, my emphasis added ...

The long-term goal, Eich said, is for WebAssembly to become a kind of binary object format for the web, one that can be used as a compiler target for all kinds of languages - including but not limited to JavaScript.


That's the feeling I am getting, anyway. Thanks for bringing this to our attention, tangor. It will be interesting to watch.
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I've seen this coming for some time. And while JS has value (quick and dirty) it's not the same as having secure code on the SERVER...

This project appears to give that possibility at the browser level, ie. a "web OS" which makes more sense and can be vetted.

Have to wait and see what is actually produced.

(Still hanging on to the server side stuff myself)