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SquirrelFish could make Safari a lot faster

Safari is about to get a whole lot faster. The Surfin' Safari weblog has written about SquirrelFish, the code name (and what a code name it is) for the new interpreter for WebKit's core JavaScript engine.

How much faster is it? Surfin' Safari claims that is 1.6x faster than the current interpreter, but we'll have to get our hands on it to see. They also go into detail about why it's faster, so check that out if you're interested. You'll find phrases like "...WebKit's previous JavaScript interpreter was a simple syntax tree walker," which we assume is some sort of AT-AT walker.

[Via Computer World]

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