Tuesday, December 9th, 2008
Google has released a cool research project called Native Client, a new browser plugin (how many plugins now? gears, toolbar, lively [for awhile], earth, …) that allows you to compile with a special GCC compiler down to x86 that can run in the browser. IE is missing so far, but remember this is a research preview (not sure how 64 bit comes in here etc).
Joel Webber had an interesting comment:
Others are talking about a marketplace for addons. It seems like the first demos are always the porting of games. We saw the same thing with Alchemy which allows C/C++ to run in the Flash VM.
Maybe it will be a good bridge technology that we can use, at least before we get richer and richer APIs into the browser itself (e.g. implement some of HTML 5 and new APIs using this until browser support).
What do you think?
Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:10 am