TRON has announced that it will be making the move to WebAssembly as the base for the TRON Virtual Machine. This immediately caused a lot of buzz in the blockchain world, and for good reason.Their move will signal a new wave of adoption for d’Apps and will, hopefully, open new doors for the industry.
What is WebAssembly?
To understand just why it is important that TRON is moving to WebAssembly, it is important to understand what it is.
WebAssembly has been around for some time now and is on its way to being the standard for web application development. Among some of the establishments that make use of it are Google, Mozilla, Apple, and Microsoft.
How does Blockchain come in?
As most people in the industry are aware, blockchain has a very wide range of possible uses outside of cryptocurrency and is also used to made decentralized applications or d’Apps, as they are commonly called.
One of the things that keep blockchains such as Ethereum, EOS, Tron, U°OS running is their virtual machine. A virtual machine is the part of a blockchain that executes both d’apps and smart contracts and needless to say is very important.
While the virtual machine is helpful, there are some limitations. For example, if you were to create a d’Apps for the Ethereum blockchain, you would have to do so in Solidity code and ensure that what you are compiling is something the Ethereum virtual machine can understand and execute. This has created an entry barrier of sorts to creating apps on blockchains for developers.
This problem will, however, be solved when TRON joins WebAssembly. By joining WebAssembly, developers can create d’Apps using any of the many supported programming languages on the platform.
Other blockchains such as EOS and U°OS have already joined WebAssembly and with the addition of TRON, millions of developers will be exposed to the blockchain overnight.
The wider implications of this are that developing applications for blockchain will no longer an isolated task limited to only those within the blockchain industry but can now be done by almost any developer, which will aid adoption.
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