Module system strawpersons

Oliver Hunt oliver at
Mon Jan 18 17:43:52 PST 2010

On Jan 18, 2010, at 5:41 PM, Brendan Eich wrote:

> On Jan 18, 2010, at 5:20 PM, ihab.awad at wrote:
>> On Mon, Jan 18, 2010 at 4:54 PM, Brendan Eich <brendan at> wrote:
>>> That's right -- no races, execution still seems single-threaded. Wherefore
>>> the special form, although if this line is in a seldom-executed branch you
>>> still have the hit of loading B up front.
>> Right. The optimization in this case is that the runtime could delay
>> loading B and, if B is encountered, *block* the currently running
>> event loop and fetch B.
> So the spec is that import could nest an event loop? What scripts or event handlers/timeouts/etc. could run at that point? In general breaking the run-to-completion execution model means the importing script and its containing window could be destroyed, a zombie.

It's also horrific in the context of a browser as it's effectively an arbitrary length call blocked on IO.


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