WebAssembly Ends Browser Preview With Initial API & Binary Format
Written by Michael Larabel in Compiler on 28 February 2017 at 06:00 PM EST. 24 Comments
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The WebAssembly project that's the cross-browser effort for low-level programming for in-browser client-side execution has reached a major milestone today. WASM can allow compiling C/C++ among other languages down into code supported by Firefox, Chrome, WebKit, and Edge.

The WebAssembly stakeholders agreed that it's the end of the browser preview phase with the initial WebAssembly API and binary format being complete for their initial implementation. Web browsers can now begin shipping WebAssembly support enabled by default.


The JavaScript API and binary format are considered complete for now and there is also a reference interpreter. A W3C Working Group is to be formed to complete the initial specification and to continue iterating future releases of WASM.

More details on this major WebAssembly milestone via this mailing list post. Those wanting to learn more about the project itself can visit WebAssembly.org.
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