A Beginner's Guide to
WebAssembly, also known as WASM, is a small, fast binary format that promises near-native performance for web applications. It is designed as a portable compilation target for programming languages, enabling web deployment for client and server applications.
According to WebAssembly.org, additional benefits associated with WASM include:
WASM Is Efficient and Fast
The WASM stack machine is designed to be encoded in a size- and load-time-efficient binary format. WebAssembly aims to execute at native speed by taking advantage of common hardware capabilities available on a wide range of platforms.
WASM Is Safe
WASM Is Open and Debuggable
WebAssembly is designed to be pretty-printed in a textual format for debugging, testing, experimenting, optimizing, learning, teaching, and writing programs by hand. The textual format will be used when viewing the source of WASM modules on the web.
WASM Is Part of the Open Web Platform
How is WebAssembly Being Used?
While WASM is still a relatively new technology, it is already being used in a variety of ways. Some of the most common uses for WASM include:
- Enabling cross-platform development: WASM makes it possible to develop web applications that can be run on any platform, including Windows, macOS, Linux, and mobile devices. This is because WASM code is compiled to a native binary format that can be run by any web browser.
The Future of WebAssembly
WASM is a promising new technology that has the potential to revolutionize the web. As WASM matures, we can expect to see it used in even more ways. For example, we can expect to see WASM used to build more complex and demanding web applications, such as virtual reality and augmented reality applications. We can also expect to see WASM used to improve the performance of existing web applications.
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