Google releases Dart 1.0

Dart, Google’s homegrown Web programming language, is now ready for real-world websites. The company has announced the release of the Dart SDK 1.0, a cross-browser, open source toolkit for structured Web applications.

This release is said to mark Dart’s transition to a production-ready option for Web developers.

Dart project leader Lars Bak said in a blog post, “The Dart SDK 1.0 includes everything you need to write structured web applications: a simple yet powerful programming language, robust tools, and comprehensive core libraries. Together, these pieces can help make your development workflow simpler, faster, and more scalable as your projects grow from a few scripts to full-fledged web applications.”

The SDK features Dart Editor, a lightweight but powerful Dart development environment. “We wanted to give developers the tools to manage a growing code base, so we added code completion, refactoring, jump to definition, a debugger, hints and warnings, and lots more. Dart also offers an instant edit/refresh cycle with Dartium, a custom version of Chromium with the native Dart VM. Outside the browser, the Dart VM can also be used for asynchronous server side computation,” Bak added.

For deployment, dart2js is a translator that allows your Dart code to run in modern browsers. According to the developers, the performance of generated JavaScript has also improved since the initial release and is in many cases getting close to that of idiomatic JavaScript.

The JavaScript alternative also features the Pub package manager, with more than 500 packages from the community.

Going forward, Google has plans to improve Dartium, increase Dart performance, and ensure the platform remains rock solid.

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