Google Releases Dart SDK 1.0
It has been just over two years since Google offered attendees of the GoTo conference in Denmark an early preview of a new structured Web programming language called Dart. Today the company released the Dart SDK 1.0, which Google engineer and "Chief Dartisan" Lars Bak said in a blog post marks the language's "transition to a production-ready option for Web developers."
Since it first announced plans to develop Dart, Google has been working closely with early adopters to mature the project and grow the community, Bak wrote. "Today's release marks the first time Dart is officially production-ready, and we're seeing teams like Blossom, Montage, Soundtrap, Mandrill, Google's internal CRM app and Google Elections, already successfully using Dart in production," Bak wrote. "In addition, companies like Adobe, drone.io, and JetBrains have started to add Dart support to their products."
Bak and Google engineer Gilad Brocha unveiled Dart at that GoTo conference.
The Dart SDK also provides an instant edit/refresh cycle with the native Dart VM via Dartium, a custom version of the open source Chromium browser. The Dart VM can also be used for asynchronous server side computation outside the browser.
Also included with the new SDK is the Pub package manager. Pub is a repository of Dart-based software packages developed by the Dart community. As of this writing, Pub contains more than 500 such packages, Google claims.
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