MVC and HTML5 Web Workers

added by deanomachino
12/6/2011 4:01:34 AM

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HTML5 Web Workers are cool. As a developer that spends most of his time working with server side code, I like to think of Web Workers as .net's System.Threading for the front end. Basically, Web Workers allow you to run client side scripts without interrupting the page or any other scripts that are currently running. They are basically an API specification that lets you create background JavaScript threads to process CPU intensive tasks. The major advantage to using Workers is that it allows long tasks to be executed without blocking to keep the page responsive. It's really good for fire-and-forget tasks and tasks that you can leave to run while the user continues working on the page. Another great thing about Workers is that getting started with them is really easy.


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