Google Releases The First Stable SDK For Its Dart JavaScript Alternative

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Google launched Dart, its class-based object-oriented language for writing complex web apps, exactly year ago and to celebrate its birthday, the Dart team is launching the first stable version of the Dart software development kit (SDK) today. According to the Dart team, this new version of the SDK offers a faster virtual machine that can even outperform Google’s efficient V8 JavaScript engine on some benchmarks.

The SDK, which is available for Windows, Mac and Linux, also includes Google’s open source Dart Editor and a Chromium build with native Dart support.

It’s worth noting that Google’s own Chrome browser does not currently offer built-in support for the Dart VM (and neither does any other mainstream browser). Developers can, however, use the Dart to JavaScript translator (which is also part of the SDK) to generate code for any browser.

Dart is obviously a very ambitious project, but without support from major browser vendors, its future remains unclear. Google clearly remains committed to the project, though, and as Dart’s inventor Lars Bak notes in today’s announcement, his team plans to “continue to work hard to evolve the SDK, improve Dart’s robustness and performance, and fine-tune the language while maintaining backwards compatibility.”

Here is a full list of the improvements the Dart team announced today: