[webkit-dev] Ruby in WebKit

Tim Mahoney tim.mahoney at me.com
Mon Apr 8 18:27:35 PDT 2013

On Apr 8, 2013, at 12:00 PM, Filip Pizlo <fpizlo at apple.com> wrote:

> ...WebKit is unlikely to unilaterally add support for a different language, unless there was support in standards bodies and/or consensus from other browser vendors.

That's understandable. I wonder if browser vendors would be interested if there was enough demand for it.

On Apr 8, 2013, at 12:00 PM, Benjamin Poulain <benjamin at webkit.org> wrote:

> Seriously, this was already discussed in the past. See this thread: https://lists.webkit.org/pipermail/webkit-dev/2011-December/018775.html
> The consensus is that supporting non-standard languages would hurt the web, and that is a bad direction for the project.

Thanks for the link. There are some great points in that thread. Maintainability, security, stability, and standardization are all valid reasons to worry. If only one browser implemented Ruby or Python or whatever language, then we would be in a bad situation.

> The direction of WebKit seems to be toward integrating JavaScriptCore more closely with WebCore. This may make your project a little bit harder to maintain.

That's another point I'm worried about. Is there any documentation or discussion on exactly how JSC will be integrated more closely to WebCore? I think my head is too wrapped up in the current bindings to imagine how this might be done.


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