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Re: [xml-dev] JavaScript (was Re: [xml-dev] Whither XML ?)


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On Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 4:34 AM, David <dlee@calldei.com> wrote:
> My concern about JavaScript in the browser as the "VM of the Browser" is its
> lack of binary data support.   I am not an expert in JS myself, but my
> colleagues who are doing very heave JS development on mobile devices tell me
> this is one of the biggest problems.    There is no native data type to hold
> binary data.   Yes you can have an 'array of number'   but this is very VM
> inefficient, its really an array of *objects* not a contigous byte array.
> Furthermore the API's that are supported (atleast in the mobile space) do
> not allow binary network transfer into JS, only text.   This is a huge
> problem for transferring large data to mobile devices to/from servers.  You
> have to text encode everything, and even then, you cant decode it to binary
> in the JS layer  because there is no binary type.   So everything has to be
> text.  And with JS's (like java's) UTF16 internal storage for strings were
> talking serious memory and CPU cycle wastes.
> Somehow the underlying system can handle it (think images for web pages),
> but it is not exposed to the JavaScript API layer so developers cannot do
> anything with binary data that is not 'built in'.
> I'd love to hear this is totally wrong so I can go back to my friends and
> tell them how to 'do it right', but I have confidence they've sweated over
> this for over a year and have no solution besides dropping down to the OS
> layer for all binary data and networking.   But the "OS Layer" is not
> portable, and on some devices not accessable.
> With the advent of HTML5 with local storage, I think people will want to do
> more and more on the browser what mobile already has to do, which is
> pre-download large chunks of data so that they can run efficiently in low or
> no connectivity situations (disconnected, or intermittently disconnected).
> Until the infrastructure catches up *a lot* the entire fantisy that every
> device is 'always connected' to a high bandwidth internet is a fools
> fantasy.    Even in metro areas where it is supposed to be true, its not, in
> fact its often worse due to congestion.   Lack of good binary support for
> transfer, internal use, and internal storage is a huge killer for JS, IMHO.
> David A. Lee
> dlee@calldei.com
> http://www.xmlsh.org
> On 11/11/2010 7:07 AM, Simon St.Laurent wrote:
>> On 11/11/10 6:09 AM, Pete Cordell wrote:
>>> Just wondering...
>>> If other languages such as Java, C# etc. can be compiled to Javascript,
>>> do
>>> people see problems with Javascript being the bytecode of the Internet?
>> I don't, unless everyone hates Lisp.  I don't even think compilation to
>> JavaScript is very necessary, though GWT demonstrates it can be usefully
>> done.
>> JavaScript has grown tremendously over the last decade, not just in
>> sprawling reach but also in best practices.  It's making a lot of people
>> retire assumptions about object-oriented development that they picked up
>> from Java or C++, and to be honest it's beating out assumptions people
>> picked up from XML with JSON.
>> I'm pretty much shifting to JavaScript completely these days, even looking
>> to Node.js for server-side JavaScript.  I'll be using it for small things,
>> but it turns out that JavaScript is also a good fit for scaling up because
>> you can write non-blocking code in it relatively easily.  I still do like
>> Ruby and Rails, but while metaprogramming is cool, it's not necessary.
>> Not that you all should drop what you're doing and grab a copy of
>> JavaScript Patterns, but I'm hoping that the JavaScript-bashing will
>> subside.  My favorite recent quote:
>> "It used to be that if you programmed in JavaScript, no one took you
>> seriously.  Now, if you don't, they won't take you seriously."
>> Good luck in a changing world,
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