I recently improved support for 64-bit integers in Cheerp, a C/C++ to WebAssembly/JavaScript compiler.

In this post I will explain why supporting 64-bit integers requires special attention, what Cheerp used to do in the past, why the current situation is better, and what we will be able to do in the future to further improve support.

About Cheerp

Cheerp is a C/C++ to WebAssembly/JavaScript compiler, similar to Emscripten. Its focus is primarily better interoperability with the browser APIs and third party JavaScript libraries. …


WebAssembly in its current MVP form is shipped by all major browsers and is already capable of amazing things. This does not mean that its development has concluded: on the contrary, there are many post-MVP feature proposals at different stages of development.

One such proposal is about adding the so-called anyref / externref type (and related instructions) to the specification. But what is anyref, and why is it desirable to add it to WebAssembly?

WebAssembly Anyref

The full proposal is explained in detail in this repo, but the basic idea is to be able to represent opaque host references (JavaScript objects in…


Introduction

At Leaning Technologies, we provide solutions for porting traditional desktop applications to the Web. Our C++ compiler Cheerp generates a combination of WebAssembly and JavaScript, allowing both easy interoperability with the browser and performance.

As a showcase project we decided to port a multiplayer game to the Web, and we opted for Teeworlds. Teeworlds is a retro multiplayer 2D shooting game, with a small but passionate community of players (including me!). It is lightweight in terms of both assets to download and CPU and GPU requirements. It was a perfect candidate.

Teeworlds running in a browser

We decided to use this project to experiment general…


Introduction

I work on Cheerp, a C++ to JavaScript and WebAssembly compiler based on LLVM.

One of the challenges of compiling LLVM IR code to JavaScript and WebAssembly is the structured control flow problem: We have some code represented as a control flow graph (CFG), and we want to convert it into structured control flow.

A CFG is a directed graph with groups of consecutive non-branching instructions (basic blocks) as nodes, and branches as edges.

Structured control flow instead represents code as an ordered sequence of basic blocks and scoped control flow constructs (if/else, while/for, switch, break, continue, …). …


A few months ago I saw this blog post by Mozilla, which is about rewriting part of their source-map library in rust code compiled to WebAssembly.

I highly recommend reading it, as it shows in details a practical example of using WebAssembly to improve the performance of a JavaScript library.

I also noticed that the current limitations of WebAssembly lead to what I think are some sub-optimal design choices, and I thought that it could be an interesting experiment to write an implementation in C++ using the Cheerp compiler.

Cheerp features summary

In order to explain why I think Cheerp is particularly fit…

Yuri Iozzelli

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