Top performance and better social interaction in latest Firefox update

The latest Firefox update, released today brings several important improvements. Among them, support for asm.js is without the most relevant as it lowers the bar for hundreds of potential applications to run inside the browser enjoying performance only thought for desktop applications until today.

To put it simple: if a developer has a desktop application today, say written on C++, he can today compile it to JavaScript instead of lower level code. Since it is JavaScript it can now be run on the web. The trick is that instead of compiling the C++ code into “full” JavaScript it is into asm.js, a subset that is deeply optimized within Firefox (IonMonkey), resulting in very important performance improvements with minimum time required: Epic was able to port its ubiquitous Unreal 3D engine to the web in four days! Continue reading Top performance and better social interaction in latest Firefox update