Web developers live in an ever changing world of languages, browsers, development kits, and platforms. The recent introduction, and popularity, of “App” development has introduced a serious competitor to the open web. Our world as web developers is about to change.
Presumably in October (at GOTO) Google will be unveiling their new Dart language.
Who will use Dart?
Everyone (as long as other browsers adopt it).
Even smaller scripts can use Dart without inheriting the “bulk” that traditionally comes along with more advanced platforms. Google has stated that:
Dart will be an alternative. While we can’t know if it will be fully adopted, you can bet Chrome and Google products will support it (which accounts, already, for a large percentage of the web).
I wouldn’t recommend jumping on board the Dart boat immediately. Developers still need to assess how it will work with our existing sites, how other browsers will react.
Will Apple ban all Dart code from Safari (it’s possible, since Dart will be a significant competitor to the “App” model — a sweet source of revenue for Apple)?
I’m a fan of the open web. There is something slightly odd about using a language that is not an open standard. Google says they will embrace the open standards community, but still, everyone’s going to want to have input and there could be friction.
I’ve been telling my colleagues how I think the “App” approach is far too fragmented to be a long term application model (can you imagine your iPhone 10 in 2020 with 30 pages of little icons in folders?). I think Dart is a step in the right direction.
Good luck Google.
What does everyone think about Dart?
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