Has JavaScript Found A Worthy Competitor In Web Assembly?

Has JavaScript Found A Worthy Competitor In Web Assembly?

Over the years, JavaScript has emerged as the go-to language for programmers who want to develop their skills in creating apps that are more interactive and user-friendly. However something drastic has happened that could change the way the world views JavaScript as a programming language with the introduction of Web Assembly.

JavaScript was first conceived in 1993 during the days of Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator. Marc Andreessen the founder of Netscape Navigator believed that Netscape requires some sort of “glue language” to support HTML so that it would be easy to use by web designers and part-time programmers in assembling components like images and plug-ins. The code must be written directly into the web page mark-up.

Bill Gates of Microsoft Internet Explorer was dominating the market and Andreessen has to recruit Brendan Eich with the goal of embedding a Scheme programming language into Netscape Navigator. JavaScript was developed under the name of Mocha, a language that was officially referred to as LiveScript. It was renamed JavaScript when it was deployed for Netscape Navigator 2.0 beta.

Netscape Navigator eventually met its death with the introduction of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. However, JavaScript survived and it is still the language used for web pages. JavaScript makes pages interactive. It is also the scripting language used to create cool websites and games for the web.

Web Assembly is a newcomer in the programming arena. It was first introduced in June 17, 2015 and was demonstrated nearly a year after on March 15, 2016. The initial aim for Web Assembly is to support the compilation from C and C++. It also supports other source languages like Rust. Because Web Assembly is relatively new, it cannot boast of a rich history like JavaScript but it has become the favourite programming language of web app developers.

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