Let's build a browser engine!
November 5, 2014 2:14 PM   Subscribe

MetaFilter's own!
posted by JiBB at 2:15 PM on November 5, 2014 [1 favorite]

See also the Metafilter Project
posted by selenized at 3:44 PM on November 5, 2014

Might be worth it to build a low memory, fast startup, no frills browser. Now, is there a candidate non-bloated javascript interpreter available? *

*Would still need email integration. ;-)
posted by sammyo at 3:51 PM on November 5, 2014

That's me!

The best thing about this project has been seeing what other people have built by following along. As I compiled the list at the bottom of the first article, I was also quite surprised at how many other people were foolish brave enough to implement their own layout engines from scratch.
posted by mbrubeck at 8:53 PM on November 5, 2014 [1 favorite]

I keep wanting to get into Rust - but I'm still trying to learn C#, Unity and make my own game, but for some reason, Rust is the language that most piques my curiosity and I'm not sure why - I feel as if I don't understand anything about the language. I mean, Racket and Scheme and Lisp? Yeah. Ruby, Python, Swift? Sure. Java, C#, Scala? Yeah, why not. But Rust? It feels ... different for some reason. Rust and Go both ... But Go - I just can't stand the syntax.

I think I'll read this (thanks mbrubeck!) and see what I can pick up - some day, I'd love to make my own language. I was gonna use Antlr, but if Rust makes parsing and such easy, perhaps I'll think about that? Cheers!
posted by symbioid at 9:58 AM on November 6, 2014

Rust is definitely weird. It makes more sense if you have a lot of C++ experience, since it's designed to do a lot of the same things but in different and better ways.

By the way, I'm giving a talk based on these blog posts at 7pm US/Pacific time tonight (9 hours from now). The talk will be streaming live at that link, and recordings will be posted a little while later.
posted by mbrubeck at 10:03 AM on November 6, 2014 [2 favorites]

Cool thanks for the link :)
posted by symbioid at 10:11 AM on November 6, 2014

Correction: The talk is at 8pm Pacific.
posted by mbrubeck at 10:16 AM on November 6, 2014 [1 favorite]

MetaFilter's own Paul Ford (ftrain) wrote an article about web standards for the New Yorker in which he linked to my blog series, among many other sources.
posted by mbrubeck at 4:17 PM on November 20, 2014

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