October 17, 2012 report
Google trumpets Dart release as first stable version
Tuesday's announcement is about an enhanced, first developer-oriented version of the Dart SDK, which is available for Windows, Mac and Linux.
"Today, after plowing through thousands of bug reports and feature requests from the web community, a new, more stable and comprehensive version of Dart is now available and ready to use," said the announcement on Tuesday's The Chromium Blog. The Dart team's Lars Bak, a software engineer, said Dart aims to create a structured yet flexible language for web programming and aims to make Dart feel familiar and natural to programmers.
Dart team members are summing up the point of working on Dart and achieving this stage of an October 2012 release in saying simply that "Dart is all about productivity." They said web developers can appreciate working with a more scalable language such as Dart.
Dart is a class-based, object-oriented language with lexical scoping, closures, and optional static typing, for writing complex web apps. The new version includes Google's open source Dart Editor and "Dartium," a Chromium build with native Dart support.
Developers can download the Dart Editor from dartlang.org along with a copy of the open-source SDK and Dartium.
At what point Dart will gain traction is unclear. On an impressive note, the Dart programming language for the first time made a monthly Top 50 list of the most popular programming languages. On a sobering note, just barely. Dart came in as number 43.
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