Welcome to WASM
WebAssembly, or WASM in short, has attracted so much attention, people are now looking at it for uses outside of the browser. For instance, the service mesh experts over at Solo.Io are harnessing the technology to make it easier to extend out the function of the Envoy data proxy. You could extend Envoy before, Solo.IO founder Idit Levine told us, but only by merging your code in with Envoy’s core codebase, which means you’d need to recompile each time you updated Envoy. Also, if you’re code is broken, it’d break Envoy itself. Sad emoji. Instead, you can write your functionality as a WASM program, and share it on Solo.io’s new WebAssembly Hub where other users can deploy it as well. Pretty neat, huh?
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