JavaScript at the Speed of Sound

The big news for the JavaScript world today came out of the Firefox development team. They working on a new JIT compiler for SpiderMonkey called TraceMonkey. This is going to have huge implications for building RIAs with JavaScript and will expedite the death of both Flash and Silverlight. Why use a plug-in when you can get this kind of performance in just the browser.

This is all slated for Firefox 3.1, so it is still early, but this, along with development in the Safari Webkit space, are going to make the JavaScript world a very interesting place to be.

More gory details can be found on Andreas Gal’s blog post about it.

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