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Liam Randall
Liam Randall
Liam Randall
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During WasmDay and KubeCon EU, a handful of cloud native developers demonstrated how they’re using WebAssembly and wasmCloud to simplify distributed application development and dramatically reduce their costs.

In his Lightning Talk, “wasmCloud and BevyECS: Solution to Woe of Indie Game Developers” Alan, Poon Yong Quan demonstrated how he’s using wasmCloud and BevyECS, a data-driven game engine built in Rust, to lower cloud platform costs for multi-player games.

Liam Randall
Liam Randall
Liam Randall
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WebAssembly is poised to fundamentally transform the development of both browser and server-side development.

The virtualization of the CPU, OS, and the cloud with hypervisors, containers, and Kubernetes each marked epochs of technology that ushered in emerging trends in software architecture, design, development, operation, and life cycle management.

Liam Randall
Liam Randall
Liam Randall
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Imagine rapid development of platform-agnostic multi-cloud, multi-edge and far-edge platforms that run at near native speeds anywhere, at any scale. Fast, secure-by-default, distributed application development that eliminates entire classes of security and portability challenges at significant cost savings.

That’s the power and possibility of Cloud Native technologies and WebAssembly, a Better Together story that will take center stage in Valencia on the eve of KubeCon EU 2022.

Kevin Hoffman
Kevin Hoffman
Kevin Hoffman
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There is a special kind of pride that comes from the exhaustion at the end of a hard day's work. Whether we spend our days laying bricks, pouring concrete, mowing lawns, cooking hamburgers, or smashing rocks; our exhaustion is proof that we've done work. The well-earned rest after all that work feels good.

What if our goal wasn't just to smash rocks, but instead to find some tiny nugget of value inside just a small fraction of the rocks? With that goal in mind, does it still make sense to spend our days smashing every rock we see with a hammer, or is there a better, more focused approach?

Taylor Thomas
Taylor Thomas
Taylor Thomas
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One of the things we've run into as we've worked with customers and developed our own examples at Cosmonic is the need to serve UIs that are consuming services you are running inside of wasmCloud. Our own examples required you to either run the UI using npm or to run a docker image. This felt less than ideal and didn't fit with our vision of WebAssembly being the future of distributed computing.

We just released a new version of the petclinic example that demonstrates how you can bundle up a UI for your application into a single actor. Now when you start the full petclinic example, the API and UI are served from the same place

Liam Randall
Liam Randall
Liam Randall
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Forrester Research recently produced “WebAssembly Wisdom: Best Practices for Wasm Wizards” (March 15, 2022, by Andrew Cornwall with Chris Gardner, Emma Goldberg, Zachary Stone, Kara Hartig) that offered advice about what to do and what not to do when contemplating Wasm development.

As Andrew remarked in his blog, “I am confident that bytecode is back and WebAssembly is here to stay… While WebAssembly emerged from a desire to improve the performance of computationally intensive browser apps, it can do much more than that.”

Brooks Townsend
Brooks Townsend
Brooks Townsend
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Hybrid meetup hosted by Stuart Harris, co-founder, Red Badger on Wed., March 2, part of a series called “Wheel of Tech”

Guest presenters from Cosmonic included Brooks Townsend, lead software engineer, and Taylor Thomas, engineering director. Also presenting was Kostya Babanakov, enterprise solutions engineer, SingleStore UK and EMEA.

This event focused on why the use of WebAssembly server-side represents a major revolution in platform design as we move beyond the cloud as a destination. Coupled with products like wasmCloud and NATS, WebAssembly is creating a whole new paradigm for cloud native and eliminating entire classes of problems in the process.

Liam Randall
Liam Randall
Liam Randall
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Catch up on the amazing CloudSkill.fm podcast online at CloudSkills.fm Episode 138 or on Apple Podcasts - CloudSkills.fm.

Those new to WebAssembly (WASM) often start with the basics: “What is WebAssembly?,” “How does it work?,” and “Why is it worth paying attention to?”

Simply put, WebAssembly is a virtual machine that executes in a browser as an alternative to JavaScript. For the enterprise, the real magic comes from WASM’s evolution into a high-performance, cross-platform polyglot sandbox that can be used to build distributed and back-end systems.

Liam Randall
Liam Randall
Liam Randall
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As I wrote in The New Stack, one of the fastest-growing Cloud Native trends of 2021 is the adoption of WebAssembly (wasm). With distributed application runtimes like wasmCloud (a Cloud Native Computing Foundation sandbox project we donated this summer) we see WebAssembly appearing on the server and the edge. This in turn addresses the myriad set of challenges hindering distributed application development, deployment, and maintenance.

The reasons behind the surge are broad and driven by CPU diversity, multiple operating environments, security, distributed application architecture, and scalability, all of which transcend deployments into a single public cloud provider.

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