This will likely be my last WebAssembly newsletter of the year. It’s been an interesting one! I wish you all a happy and healthy end to your year and a positive start to 2021.
NoteCalc is an online notepad with built-in calculator functionality. While it isn’t as feature-rich as a spreadsheet, it is a fast an intuitive alternative for simpler calculation tasks.
Anyhow, the point of this is not to start a language debate or flamewar, it is simply to highlight a really cool tool built using Rust and WebAssembly.
This blog post isn’t about WebAssembly specifically, instead it promotes an architectural pattern termed SUFA (Simple, Unified, Function-based Applications), which provides a middle ground between monoliths and microservices. Frameworks are emerging to support this architectural pattern, including Atmo, which is built on WebAssembly. There are a growing number of application frameworks, especially those built on the Actor Pattern, that make use of WebAssembly.
If you’ve done much WebAssembly development you’ll know that debugging can be a challenge. And this in turn harms the adoption of this fantastic technology. The Google team have been looking at using the DWARF debugging standard as an alternative to the more conventional approach of sourcemaps. This solution should provide a much better debug experience, and one that doesn’t feel like you are compiling to an underlying runtime’s instruction set. This blog post gives an update and a practical demo of what the team have achieved so far.
Where is it going? Everywhere of course! This is a relatively brief blog post and might be familiar ground to most readers of this newsletter. However, I really like the way that this post is littered with lots of useful links. If you are new to WebAssembly this could be a great starting point for familiarising yourself with this exciting and growing technology.
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