An Abridged Cartoon Introduction To WebAssembly

Theres a lot of hype about WebAssembly in JavaScript circles today. People talk about how blazingly fast it is, and how its going to revolutionize web development.But mostconversationsdont go into the details of why itsfast. In this article, I want to help you understand what exactly it is aboutWebAssembly that makes it fast. But first, what is it? WebAssembly is a way of taking code written in programming languages other than JavaScript and running that code in the browser. When youre talking about WebAssembly, the apples to apples comparison is with JavaScript. Now, I dont want to imply that its an either/or situationthat youre either using WebAssembly or using JavaScript. In fact, we expect that developers willuse WebAssembly and JavaScript hand-in-hand, in the same application. But it is useful to compare the two, so you can understand the potential impact that WebAssembly will have.

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