Why and How Webassembly?
WebAssembly (abbreviated Wasm) is a binary instruction format for a stack-based virtual machine. Wasm is designed as a portable target for compilation of high-level languages like C/C++/Rust, enabling deployment on the web for client and server applications.
Above definition of webassembly was hard to understand for me when I first read it. For simpler definition I take keywords and make my own version of definiton which is easier to understand.
Let us go line by line why I choose this definition,
Other features outside browser are like symmetric computation across nodes, Server-side compute of untrusted code, Hybrid native apps on mobile devices.
What its not
Its not yet feature complete like SMID need to implemented, languages which have garbage collector needs to find way to build optimised binary for webassembly.
So, should you learn webassembly? Yes, there are benefits of learning new things, sometimes you will learn stuffs you don't know even existed or can be done or a completely new language or way to doing things.
In coming articles we will go and start building something this webassembly to know and get basic knowledge.
Happy learning, Happy Coding!
Great article! Another example use case: we recently ported a pyramid solitaire app to WebAssembly using Emscripten. You can see the result here.