Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Smalltalk vs JavaScript

Richard Eng continues his Smalltalk series with "Smalltalk vs JavaScript".

In my opinion even when JavaScript is not optimal it is highly dynamic as well and a lot can be done with it. It might become the next assembly layer to stay portable (WebAssembly, asm.js and EmScripten can be used as target). We all know that the web grows and there are more devices where you can run on with JS out of the box. And yes: Amber and PharoJS are interesting projects for this as well.

For sure emulation/virtualization technology will increase in the future: you can already boot Linux in a browser, even with network support. You can also run a whole Smalltalk environment in your browser like with SqueakJS or Amber.

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