Momentum continues to build for the WebAssembly binary format. WebKit, Apple’s open source browser engine used in Safari, now has a full implementation of WebAssembly.The implementation supports WebAssembly on Intel x86-64 and ARM64 processors.

Calling WebAsembly a “no-nonsense sidekick to JavaScript,” Apple’s Saam Barati and two colleagues, JF Bastien and Keith Miller, described WebAssembly as a low-level binary format designed to be a suitable compilation target for languages such as C++. “The WebAssembly code that the browser sees will already have undergone high-level, language-specific optimizations.

This is great because it means implementations don’t have to know about how C++ or other languages are optimized,” Barati said.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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