Speedrunning WebAssembly's History: A Fictional First-Person Perspective

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This is a true story. The events depicted in this film took place in Minnesota in 1987. At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Out of respect for the dead, the rest has been told exactly as it occurred.

While writing WebAssembly from the Ground Up we reached the point where we needed to write an introduction. We decided to write one each and see which one worked better or if we could merge both into one.

Note that what I'm posting here was a draft, complete enough for patrick to check and provide feedback, it would have gone through a couple of rounds of revisions and edits if it ended up in the book :)

It's 2013, web browsers are getting faster and enabling more use cases to be available on the web, you work at Mozilla and start thinking how to enable and accelerate the adoption of the web for more use cases.

You notice a pattern, they are all "compute intensive" and most of them are written in low level/system programming languages.

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