Why Gear uses WebAssembly

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Oct 29, 2021


WebAssembly (WASM) is a standard developed by W3C Community Group, which defines a low-level binary code format for executable programs that run in browsers. While it was developed to enable high-performance applications to run in browsers, it can also run as a standalone virtual machine.

WebAssembly executables are precompiled, which makes it possible to use a wide variety of programming languages to build and run applications in browsers. There are no preferences for languages and currently dozens of languages can compile to, or have their VM’s, in WASM. Moreover, WASM is hardware-independent and it can be compiled on any modern architectures, desktops and even mobile devices, albeit with some limitations.