Programming using Web Assembly

  • As I described in a previous post, Web Assembly is intended as a target language for compilers, not as a general-purpose language for programmers. In other words, youโ€™re not supposed to write programs in Web Assembly itself but instead write in a higher-level language then compile it into Web Assembly.

    I first met assembly languages on 8-bit microcomputers where they were used to write software that ran as fast as possible on what was by modern standards very slow hardware.

    Even though Web Assembly is not intended as an application programming language, I wanted to have a go at programming with it, so I coded a simple module that calculates the Mandelbrot Set to be rendered on an HTML canvas.

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