Linked by David Adams on Sun 14th Aug 2011 22:37 UTC
Google Google has released Chrome 14 to the Chrome beta testing channel, which includes, among other new features, the initial beta release of Google's "Native Client" technology, first announced in 2010 . . . Native Client is a set of open source tools that allow Chrome to run compiled C and C++ code the same way the browser currently runs JavaScript or other common web programming languages. Native Code offers both a security sandbox and a set of interfaces that provide C and C++ bindings to the capabilities of HTML5. That means web application developers will be able to tap into desktop libraries to create faster, more powerful web apps.
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RE[2]: Hmmm ...
by panzi on Mon 15th Aug 2011 01:19 UTC in reply to "RE: Hmmm ..."
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Also it is architecture dependent, so even worse than flash! It will only work for one CPU architecture, so if it's compiled for x86 it won't run on your ARM handheld or the yet unknown computer architecture of the future. Also can you get a "a script on this site makes your browser slow. quit the script?" for NaCl? I'd doubt that. After all you can use threads in it. So one could spawn hundreds of threads all doing "while(1);" thus DoSing the client computer.

It would be a better move to invent a new statically typed language for the web that can be properly JITed and optimized. WebGo? But still, someone has to convince me that we really need this.

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