Google has announced an early preview of Dart, a new language for web applications. The news is not a surprise, especially if you have been keeping track of the developer conference GOTO Aarhus, whose organisers had pre-announced that Google would be announcing its new language there, as indeed it did.
In the preview Dart only runs in Chrome, Safari 5 and Firefox 4+ – spot the missing browser vendors.
Google states that:
Developers have not been able to create homogeneous systems that encompass both client and server, except for a few cases such as Node.js and Google Web Toolkit (GWT).
This is or was one of the attractions of Microsoft Silverlight, presuming you use C# on both server and client, but Silverlight is a plug-in that was never going to run on an iPad and from which Microsoft itself is now retreating; though it is worth noting that Dart is not unlike C#, especially the latest version of C# with dynamic features.
Do we need Dart? I would value hearing from others what you think of Google’s proposal.
4 thoughts on “Google offers the web a new language called Dart – but why?”
I’m not familiar with what’s been going on in Ecmascript 4.0, but from what I’ve heard the committee got into an evolution versus revolution stalemate. Google’s Dart is the product of the revolution mindset.
But will Dart catch on? Your guess is as good as mine…
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