Fly my pretties!
Google’s intention to build a front-end development language for building web apps was first made public two years ago. Today, it was announced at Belgium based Devoxx that Dart SDK 1.0 had finally been upgraded from test version to production-ready option for web developers.
Since the project’s inception, there’s been one question dogging the Dart dev team: outside of big G towers, will anyone bother to pick this language up? Even at today’s event, judging from the Twitter buzz, a ropey looking conference salad appeared to be generating an equal, if not greater, buzz on the ground.
The team claim that Dart “can help make your development workflow simpler, faster, and more scalable” when it comes to large web apps.
Google are doing their utmost to get people on board. Bundled up in Dart SDK is everything the first timer needs to get going, including the Dart Editor, a code editor, and IDE for the Dart language.
The team behind this newly minted language have certainly set their ambitions high. They hope that, one day, in the not too distant future, Dart will run everywhere; from browsers and servers to smartphones.
Still, if you want to have a poke around with this box fresh language, Dart SDK 1.0 is available on the official page. To date, Google’s seen teams from Blossom, Montage, Soundtrap and Mandrill put it into production. And, according to Lars Bak, Software Engineer and Chief Dartisan, companies such as Adobe, drone.io, and JetBrains have started to add Dart support to their products.
The other thing to remember: this isn’t just some humble lone-dev-in-the-attic project. This is fricking Google. The guys who were revealed to have captured 81% of the smartphone market with their iOS bothering system. Dart may have just left the starting blocks, but we’d bet you a KitKat that this is one language set to rocket up the popularity indexes.
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