Thursday, June 18, 2015


The 4 major browsers have come together to create WebAssembly (, a binary compilation target for the web. This is very exciting news.

I see this as something like JVM for browsers. While not everyone loves Java, most people have really good things to say about JVM. You can compile your language down to Java bytecode and have it run everywhere. A major limitation of many languages is that it only runs where there is a virtual machine built for it. By compiling down to Java bytecode, the language can run anywhere.

JavaScript is the standard language of the web, but it is truly lacking. I firmly disagree with anyone who thinks JavaScript is a great language, but there are, unfortunately, no alternatives. TypeScript has gone a long way to fix many of JavaScript's issues, but there are still many things not fixed. I am hoping that WebAssembly will fix some of these issues. At the very least, it will let us cover over these issues with a better language. This is something I am eagerly hoping for.

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