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On Tuesday Firefox 52 became the first browser to support WebAssembly, a new standard “to enable near-native performance for web applications” without a plug-in by pre-compiling code into low-level, machine-ready instructions.
WebAssembly is a comparative tot in programming arena. WebAssembly was first announced on 17 June 2015 and on 15 March 2016 was demonstrated executing Unity’s Angry Bots in Firefox, Chromium, Google Chrome, and Microsoft Edge. WebAssembly or wasm is a low-level programming language for in-browser client-side scripting, which is currently in development. Its initial aim is to support compilation from C and C++, though other source languages such as Rust are also supported.
As it is relatively new, it does not have a rich history to boast of but relies heavily on using the popularity of C and C++ to become the preferred coding language for web application developers.
Byrant says that WebAssembly could change what it means to be a web developer, as well as the fundamental abilities of the web. With WebAssembly and an accompanying set of tools, programs written in languages like C/C++ can be ported to the web so they run with near-native performance. We expect that, as WebAssembly continues to evolve, you’ll also be able to use it with programming languages often used for mobile apps, like Java, Swift, and C#.