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Re: [chromium-html5] LocalStorage inside Worker

From: Glenn Maynard <glenn@zewt.org>
Date: Sat, 8 Jan 2011 06:45:27 -0500
Message-ID: <AANLkTikkaxXCmaq=W0heyUuCxqFArE63tEuqhaF+fJdL@mail.gmail.com>
To: Keean Schupke <keean@fry-it.com>
Cc: Charles Pritchard <chuck@jumis.com>, Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>, public-webapps WG <public-webapps@w3.org>
On Sat, Jan 8, 2011 at 6:10 AM, Keean Schupke <keean@fry-it.com> wrote:
> I am suggesting that as the semantics are the same, People can think of this
> like serialised access, but implementers can use STMs to make their browser
> faster than the competition (if they want). To the user it will look the
> same.

Not according to [1].  By the description there, STM requires
re-executing the callback if two callbacks simultaneously modify the
same data and cause a conflict.  This is very different to the user,
who has to deal with the possibility of the callback being called
multiple times.  Any side-effects of the function would occur multiple
times.  This would lead to many subtle bugs, because the retry case
would be exceedingly rare, causing very poorly-tested code paths in
user code.  It's also much more complex to spec, and for users to

Jonas's approach behaves like any other callback, being called just once.

[1] http://book.realworldhaskell.org/read/software-transactional-memory.html

Glenn Maynard
Received on Saturday, 8 January 2011 11:46:02 UTC

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