A point of reference

R Kent James kent at caspia.com
Wed Mar 7 16:13:25 UTC 2018

Right, I also read that article and found it fascinating.

Correct me if I am wrong, but one advantage that V8 has over Gecko is 
that there is an extensible mechanism to insert binary objects, such as 
a a Rust backend, but that has become more difficult in the Gecko case. 
I've not tried to insert binary objects recently, but with WebIDL my 
impression is that the only way to do that is to add a new top-level 
object on JS, and there is no mechanism for that outside of adding to a 
non-extensible list of WebIDL objects. Does anyone else know the facts 
on this?

But what was made clear from the xray comments is that most serious 
users of the Electron framework are finding it inadequate from a 
performance point of view. From a glass half empty perspective, avoid it 
for new projects, but from a glass half full perspective, the community 
is developing ways to make it performant through experiments like Xray, 
or the attempt of Mailspring to substitute a C++ backend for the email 


On 3/6/2018 7:42 PM, Joshua Cranmer wrote:
> I don't want to belabor the point too much (the only reason I'm 
> starting a new thread is because I can't find the message I wanted to 
> hang this off of), but this cropped up in my news feed recently:
> https://github.com/atom/xray, which is billed as an experimental 
> version of the Atom text editor (one of the most notable 
> Electron-based applications) with its backend completely rewritten 
> using Rust yet still retaining an Electron-based UI. It's not entirely 
> clear to me what its status is (as far as I can tell, it's a 
> Servo-like model: let's completely rebuild it from the ground up and 
> *maybe* it's useful).
> -- 
> Joshua Cranmer
> Thunderbird module owner
> DXR coauthor
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