WebAssembly Throughout the Stack

JavaScript has been the official “language of the web” for the last 25 years, however, just over a year ago, that all changed when WebAssembly became a W3C standard. Now fully supported by all the major browsers, WebAssembly gives the opportunity to write web applications using a wide range of languages via its sand-boxed and performance-optimized runtime. WebAssembly now sits alongside HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and is the fourth language of the web. This is surely a reason to take note!  

However, WebAssembly, despite having ‘web’ in its name, is proving to be much more than just a browser technology or JavaScript rival. The properties of this runtime (multi-language, lightweight, sandboxed, secure, cross-platform, etc) have piqued the interest of the wider community. In the past few years, we’ve seen WebAssembly used as the runtime for serverless, running smart contracts on blockchain, IoT, and edge computing. Ironically WebAssembly may have more of an impact outside of the browser!  

In this track, we’ll explore the full range of applications WebAssembly has to offer and consider where this technology will take us in the future.


Colin Eberhardt

Technology Director @Scott_Logic
I’m the Technology Director at Scott Logic, a UK-based software consultancy where we create complex application for our financial services clients. I’m an avid technology enthusiast, spending my evenings contributing to open source projects, writing blog posts and learning as much as... Read more

Tuesday May 18 / 09:00AM EDT

TOPICS WebAssembly

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