proposal-zero-copy-arraybuffer-list

A proposal for zero-copy ArrayBuffer lists (by jasnell)

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  • Goodbye, Node.js Buffer
    15 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 24 Oct 2023
    Yeah, in your case I think most of the complexity is actually on the ReadableStream side, not the base64 side.

    The thing that I'd actually want for your case is either a TransformStream for byte stream <-> base64 stream (which I expect will come eventually, once the simple case gets done), or something which would let you read the entire stream into Uint8Array or ArrayBuffer, which is a long-standing suggestion [1].

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    > Why does de-chunking a byte array need to be complicated

    Keep in mind the concat proposal is _very_ early. If you think it would be useful to be able to concat Uint8Arrays and have that implicitly concatenate the underlying buffers, [2] is the place to open an issue.

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    > You have made me realize I don't even know what the right venue is to vote on stuff. How should I signal to TC39 that e.g. Array.fromAsync is a good idea?

    Unfortunately, it's different places for different things. Streams are not TC39 at all; the right place for suggestions there is in the WHATWG streams repo [3]. Usually there's already an existing issue and you can add your use case as a comment in the relevant issue. TC39 proposals all have their own Github repositories, and you can open a new issue with your use case.

    Concrete use cases are much more helpful than just "this is a good idea". Though `fromAsync` in particular everyone agrees is good, and it mostly just needs implementations, which are ongoing; see e.g. [4]. If you _really_ want to advance a stage 3 proposal, you can contribute a PR to Chrome or Firefox with an implementation - but for nontrivial proposals that's usually hard. For TC39 in particular, use cases are only really valuable pre-stage-3 proposals.

    [1] https://github.com/whatwg/streams/issues/1019

    [2] https://github.com/jasnell/proposal-zero-copy-arraybuffer-li...

    [3] https://github.com/whatwg/streams

    [4] https://bugs.chromium.org/p/v8/issues/detail?id=13321

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