ES6 Tasks and TaskQueues

Brendan Eich brendan at
Tue Mar 4 15:44:22 PST 2014

Tom Van Cutsem wrote:
> By contrast, terms such as "task" are used much more broadly (e.g. 
> tasks scheduled on a thread pool).

Yes, and a Task (e.g., in Rust; akin to goroutine in Go or Process in 
Erlang) can be suspended voluntarily. The use of "task" goes way back 

I think we want a different word, not only to avoid confusion with 
respect to HTML5, but because JS event loop "runs" or "turns" really are 
different from those other "tasks" from CS literature and OS/PL research.


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