WebAssembly for Web Developers

University essay from Linnéuniversitetet/Institutionen för datavetenskap och medieteknik (DM)

Abstract: One of the latest tools in the strive troughwards a fast and secure Web is called WebAssembly. It is a low-level, assembly-like language that can run in the browser alongside JavaScript. WebAssembly is designed to load fast and aims to execute at near-native speed. Being a compilation target for system languages like C, C++, and Rust, WebAssembly is not very accessible from a Web developer perspective. This project explores ways to generate WebAssembly directly from JavaScript code, in order to lower the learning curve, and allow for a more widespread adoption of WebAssembly. This has resulted in a utility tool called Esmbly, which can turn simple JavaScript programs into WebAssembly binaries by collecting and utilizing type information from various flavours of statically typed JavaScript.

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