WSL VS crossword-composer

Compare WSL vs crossword-composer and see what are their differences.


Source code behind the Windows Subsystem for Linux documentation. (by MicrosoftDocs)


Constraint solver for word games. (by paulgb)
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WSL crossword-composer
22 1
1,607 40
1.6% -
7.9 0.0
10 days ago 16 days ago
PowerShell Rust
GNU General Public License v3.0 or later MIT License
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  • WebAssembly
    9 projects | | 27 Feb 2021
    A few wasm projects I've worked on:

    - An in-browser crossword puzzle generator: (source:

    - A multi-player word game:

    - A library for synchronizing state between clients, used for that word game: (source: very WIP right now)

    In my experience, the single biggest perk of using WebAssembly is that I can use a language I'm very productive in (Rust) compared to JavaScript. Everything else is secondary. That said, I think these projects have specific advantages by virtue of being WebAssembly:

    - The backtracking search used for the crossword puzzle generator is carefully implemented to not allocate extra memory. This would be tough to do in JavaScript, and I believe it's partly responsible for its performance.

    - The word game uses a compression algorithm that benefits very noticeably from wasm-opt, to the point that I can't run it without it. Given that wasm-opt takes a non-trivial amount of time at compile time, I suspect the JavaScript JIT would be slow at doing something similar at runtime. This is just conjecture, I haven't checked.

    - What Aper does just wouldn't be possible without Rust features like Serde and macros.

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