Dart: Google’s alternative to JavaScript

by Ricardo G

www.cnet.com

Summary:

Google states that in order to make the web better over time, we have to innovate. And that includes creating new programmin languages. Google’s Dart is intended to be an alternative to JavaScript. However, it was acknowledged that Javascript is far from dead, and that Dart is
not looking to replace it. Google is evaluating the best way to integrate Dart directly into its Chrome browser, and it’s also aiming for other browsers to implement it. Dart’s design goals are the following:
– Create a structured yet flexible language for web programming
– Make Dart feel familiar and natural to programmers and thus easy to learn
– Ensure that Dart delivers high performance on all modern Web browsers and environments ranging from small handheld devices to
server-side execution.
Dart programs will be able to run within a Dart virtual machine, and also using a compiler that translates Dart code into JavaScript for browsers that don’t support Dart. Google recognizes that introducing a new programming language is tough. In fact, it could take years to
educate millions of programmers, building developers tools, and creating support libraries.
According to Google, Dart is designed to address several shortcomings seen with web programming today.
Dart’s priority right now is hear what the world thinks about it and to get them participating in Dart’s development

Reaction:
When I started reading the article, I though, “another programming language? Don’t we have enough of them?”, but as I continued reading, I
realized that in order to make anything better, it has to change. And everything changes over time as well. As of right now, I am still
getting familiar with JavaScript. I like the fact that it looks like a lot like Java, and even though it is not fully object-oriented
entirely, I do like the fact that . Whether Dart will succeed in its intentions to be an alternative to JavaScript, only time will tell. This
will be a difficult task given that JavaScript is a cornerstone of the web and will be for many years to come

Citation:
Shankland, S. (2011, October 10). Google debuts dart, a javascript alternative. Retrieved from http://news.cnet.com/8301-30685_3-20117924-264/google-debuts-dart-a-javascript-alternative/