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Yep, it's steam engine time all right
I've been saying for the past eight months or so that it's time to stop programming in JavaScript and accept that it's basically assembly language. Turns out that I'm far from alone -- Brendan Eich (the creator of JavaScript) is now supporting the notion that JS is largely a compiler target now. The *really* interesting part is what comes next: see the linked article for details, but the summary is that the big players are working together to define wasm -- the next step after asm.js, which sounds like it's going to be the true common definition of the browser "machine code", so that compilers can target that with less bulk and faster load times.

All of which is great news. Getting to use Scala in the browser has finally gotten me to stop hating web programming, and it looks like we're quickly approaching the day where pretty much every major language will have a browser-targeted version...