Mozilla’s Pyodide becomes an independent and community-driven project
Pyodide, Mozilla’s open-source project for running Python inside a web browser, has become an independent and community-driven project with a new home on GitHub. The company also announced the new 0.17 release as part of its announcement.
The project aims to bring the Python runtime to the browser via WebAssembly along with NumPy, Pandas, Matplotlib, parts of SciPy and NetworkX.
According to Mozilla, Pyodide contains the CPython 3.8 interpreter compiled to WebAssembly, which allows Python to run in the browser and it can install any Python package with a pure Python wheel from the Python Package Index (PyPi).
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The new version contains major maintenance improvements, a large redesign of the central APIs and careful elimination of error and memory leaks.
The latest release also completes the migration to the latest version of Emscripten that uses the upstream LLVM backend, reducing significant reductions, package size and execution time.
Pyodide was originally developed inside Mozilla to allow the use of Python in Iodide to build an interactive scientific computing environment for the web.
Moving forward, the developers behind Pyodide are focusing on reducing download sizes and initialization times, improving the performance of Python code in Pyodide and simplifying the package loading system.
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