Chapter 1. Meet WebAssembly
This chapter covers
- What WebAssembly is
- The problems that WebAssembly solves
- How WebAssembly works
- What makes WebAssembly secure
- The languages you can use to create a WebAssembly module
When it comes to web development, one thing that’s top of mind for most web developers is performance, from how fast the web page loads to how responsive it is overall. A number of studies have shown that if your web page doesn’t load within three seconds, 40% of your visitors will leave. That percentage increases for every additional second it takes your page to load.
How long it takes your web page to load isn’t the only issue. According to one Google article, if a web page has poor performance, 79% of visitors say they’re less likely to purchase from that website again (Daniel An and Pat Meenan, “Why marketers should care about mobile page speed” [July 2016], http://mng.bz/MOlD).