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posted by janrinok on Saturday March 15 2014, @10:07PM   Printer-friendly
from the we-always-need-new-languages dept.

An anonymous coward writes:

"Mozilla is using work on it's next generation layout engine, Servo, to fine tune a new language used for writing that layout engine. The new language, called Rust, started as a personal project of Greydon Hoare and has since grown to be sponsored by Mozilla and Samsung. From the article:

The Rust language will power Mozilla's new browser, Servo, and its big selling point is efficiency. Because C++ crashes when it runs into memory allocation issues, it weakens any browser that uses the language. Mozilla designed Rust to be superior to C++ this way, more easily isolating tasks and promote a process known as "work stealing," which is when tasks from an overloaded processor are shifted over to another one.

Rust is a general purpose, multi-paradigm, compiled programming language developed by Mozilla Research. It is designed to be a "safe, concurrent, practical language", supporting pure-functional, concurrent-actor, imperative-procedural, and object-oriented styles."

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  • (Score: 0) by Angry Jesus on Monday March 17 2014, @05:07PM

    by Angry Jesus (182) on Monday March 17 2014, @05:07PM (#17701)

    See, there's the point I was making -- NS4 was indeed a clusterfuck, yet in its early stages it did very little more than NS3. Just did it massively slower. Sometimes a total code rewrite is NOT a good thing.

    That's odd, I thought your point was that firefox is a pointless memory hog and when required to drill down to the actual reasoning and evidence behind that point, it turned out to be technical innuendo.

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  • (Score: 2) by Reziac on Monday March 17 2014, @05:21PM

    by Reziac (2489) on Monday March 17 2014, @05:21PM (#17706) Homepage

    Dunno how you concluded that, but whatever.

    Read Abrash's Black Book, it'll give you some insights.

    And there is no Alkibiades to come back and save us from ourselves.