Learn WebAssembly

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  • Learn how WebAssembly came to be and its associated elements (text format, module, and JavaScript API)
  • Create, load, and debug a WebAssembly module (editor and compiler/toolchain)
  • Build a high-performance application using C and WebAssembly
  • Extend WebAssembly’s feature set using Emscripten by porting a game written in C++
  • Explore upcoming features of WebAssembly, Node.js integration, and alternative compilation methods

WebAssembly is a brand-new technology that represents a paradigm shift in web development. This book teaches programmers to leverage this technology to write high-performance applications that run in the browser. This book introduces you to powerful WebAssembly concepts to help you write lean and powerful web applications with native performance. You start with the evolution of web programming, the state of things today, and what can be done with the advent and release of WebAssembly. We take a look at the journey from JavaScript to asm.js to WebAssembly. We then move on to analyze the anatomy of a WebAssembly module and the relationship between binary and text formats, along with the corresponding JavaScript API. Further on, you'll implement all the techniques you've learned to build a high-performance application using C and WebAssembly, and then port an existing game written in C++ to WebAssembly using Emscripten. By the end of this book, you will be well-equipped to create high-performance applications and games for the web using WebAssembly.

  • Generate WebAssembly modules from C and C++ using Emscripten and interact with these modules in the browser
  • Learn how to use WebAssembly outside of the browser and load modules using Node.js
  • Build a high-performance application using C and WebAssembly and port an existing C++ game to WebAssembly using Emscripten
Page Count 328
Course Length 9 hours 50 minutes
ISBN 9781788997379
Date Of Publication 24 Sep 2018


Mike Rourke

Mike Rourke is a software engineer based in Chicago and works primarily with web technologies and the Node.js ecosystem. He has been writing code for over 10 years. Mike started out writing VB and switched to JavaScript about 2 years ago. He loves all aspects of programming and spends most of his free time learning new technologies and improving his skills.