Now that every major browser supports WebAssembly, it’s time to consider creating client-side web applications that can be compiled as WebAssembly.
For performance-intensive use cases like gaming, audio streaming, video editing, and CAD applications, developers should take WebAssembly into consideration. The transition has already been accomplished by many web services, including Google Earth. Even when WebAssembly was still in its infancy, the collaborative sketching and diagramming tool Figma resorted to it to speed up execution and reduce load times.
Some advantages of Wasm
- The security model of WebAssembly has two important goals:
a. It protect users from buggy or malicious modules.
b. It provide developers with useful primitives and mitigations for developing safe applications, within the constraints of (a).
- Wasm is super Light-weight.
- Wasm is Open-Source.
Wasm supports all contemporary architectures, gadgets, and embedded systems and doesn’t have a preference for any particular language, object model, or programming paradigm. It can also be used in various settings, on standalone systems, and on browsers.
Use cases for WebAssembly
Games, music streaming, video editing, CAD, encryption, and picture recognition are just a handful of the performance-intensive, browser-based use cases for which WebAssembly was created.
More broadly, while choosing your specific WebAssembly use case, it’s helpful to concentrate on these three areas:
- The conversion of a desktop application to a web environment. This is the case for a large number of the asm.js and web assembly technology demos. Apps that are more ambitious than just an HTML GUI can be built on top of WebAssembly. For two instances, see the WebDSP and Windows 2000 browser demos.