What is WebAssembly?
WASM is currently supported by major browsers including Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari, Opera, and Microsoft Internet Explorer. Unlike other web languages such as JSX or Typescript, you can use any text editor to create or edit WASM files because they simply text files with .wasm extensions. For example, to save a file called my program. wasm using the nano text editor on Linux, you would enter the following command: $nano my program. wasm
Key Differences in Performance
Stronger Security and Reduced Vulnerabilities
The way WebAssembly handles memory and resources also provides an extra layer of protection.
Wide Adoption From Major Players
Microsoft, Google, and Mozilla all announced plans to support WebAssembly in their browsers in early 2017. This means that WebAssembly has widespread support from major players in the web browser market. This is a big deal because it means that WebAssembly can be used to create applications that run in the browser with near-native performance.
Better Performance in Mobile Browsers
Interoperability with other Languages
Consequently, if we want to see the benefits of WebAssembly realized fully, we must first ensure that enough people are working on the project. If this happens, then developers will be able to leverage all their potential and create richer web apps with less effort.
Limitations in Processing Power/Functionality
Does Code Size Matter?