[ros-users] Web introspection tools

Vincent Rabaud vincent.rabaud at gmail.com
Wed Jun 25 20:05:19 UTC 2014

At ROS Kong, some rQt on the web was demoed as well as a Gazebo web

I am no expert in web programing but what prevents us from moving rQt and
RViz to the web/javascript ? The obvious advantages would be cross-platform
support, optimizations independent of the underlying libraries, easier code
to debug, no compilation. Plus, there are already great tools like
robotwebtools and rosbridge.

Here are a few reasons I was told that could prevent that move; are those
really valid ? Are there better reasons ?
- hard to access local files (html is not aware of local files)
- no customizable shaders in WebGL (is that the case ? do we need those ?)
- slow JSON parsing libraries (aren't those optimized in recent browsers ?)
- heavy bandwidth usage (how about binary JSON ?)
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