Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 10th Dec 2008 19:49 UTC, submitted by BluenoseJake
Google Google has released an early version of Native Client, a framework designed to run portable x86 binaries inside a web browser - in a sandbox. Native Client also includes technologies that allow for easier communication between JavaScript and Native Client executables, which makes it possible for web applications to leverage native code when it comes to processor intensive tasks. This sounds eerily similar to Microsoft's ActiveX - one of the biggest security failures of the Windows operating system. Google insists, however, that Native Client is much, much more secure.
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RE: Not many ActiveX analogies...
by snozzberry on Thu 11th Dec 2008 04:53 UTC in reply to "Not many ActiveX analogies..."
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I'm inclined to agree. I've written AJAX apps and while they work well, the overhead is ridiculous even with other people writing the frameworks. Web apps are exciting until you see what it takes to make them work.

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