Friday, August 12, 2011

Google Chrome Beta to support C and C++ via Native Client - NaCl

By Vasudev Ram - | @vasudevram |

Seen on ReadWriteWeb and TechCrunch.

Some of the benefits claimed for Native Client (NaCl) are better performance via leveraging modules written in C and C++ in your web apps, re-using legacy code written in those languages (and there is, of course, tons of that around, though some parts may have to be modified to work with NaCl), and all this, while still maintaining security, due to the "double sandbox" model that NaCl apps will use.

NaCl is the chemical formula for common salt, and in a Google-ish play on words, the API that developers will use to create such apps is called the Pepper API.


[ Native Client allows C and C++ code to be seamlessly executed inside the browser with security restrictions similar to JavaScript. Native Client apps use Pepper, a set of interfaces that provide C and C++ bindings to the capabilities of HTML5. As a result, developers can now leverage their native code libraries and expertise to deliver portable, high performance web apps. ]

The links to the articles:

Google Chrome Beta Now Supports C/C++:

Google Unleashes Native Client Into Chrome, Next-Gen Web Apps To Follow?

The Google announcement about NaCl support:

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