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Google, Microsoft, Mozilla preview WebAssembly in their browsers

Paul Krill | March 16, 2016
The portable bytecode project looks to significantly improve the Web's performance.

Thompson said that other upcoming changes will improve the developer experience. The list includes a standard textual representation for viewing the source in a WebAssemby binary, and a planned redesign of a wasm object to provide a more powerful idiomatic set of methods and properties for instantiating WebAssembly modules from JavaScript.

Mozilla plans to add WebAssembly support to Firefox devtools, including the debugger and profiler, as well as further reduction of cold load time and a full set of WebAssembly operators. The World Wide Web Consortium community group working on the project also plans define the official WebAssembly text format, reduce the binary size, and iterate on the WebAssembly JavaScript API, said Wagner, who participates in the group.

WebAssembly was first unveiled last year. It has the endorsement of JavaScript founder Brendan Eich.


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