Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Dec 2013 07:53 UTC, submitted by Hiev
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Google believes Dart speeds up both developers and the programs they write, but skeptics worry that it fragments Web programming and undermines the industry's focus on better JavaScript. So far, it's been a largely academic debate, but that will change in coming months.

That's because Google right now is building Dart technology directly into Chrome.

Does anyone here use Dart?

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RE[2]: Dart
by moltonel on Fri 20th Dec 2013 10:40 UTC in reply to "RE: Dart"
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So if it can compile to Javascript it can't do anything which Javascript can't? If my assumption is correct, what's the point of it, might as well just carry on writing in Javascript!

The idea is that dart code is easyer to write (there are other, more popular tools for this, for example cofeescript) and that the language is easyer to optimize for the compiler (speeding up execution).

Dart is actually *less* functional than javascript. But they only threw away parts of JS that nobody should use, and are just early mistakes that hamper JS to this day.

That said, until dart gets traction from other browsers, I won't even try. Mozilla's asm.js is less ambitious in a way, but I think it is a better way forward.

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