Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Google plan to kill Javascript with Dart, fight off Apple • The Register

There are some questions about the status (e.g., draft or not) and context for the source Google memo, but it’s a timely JavaScript reality check

Google has apparently invented its Dart web programming language as a replacement for Javascript.

Dart, revealed last week, has been conceived as a way to overcome what Google has determined are "fundamental flaws" in Javascript, according to what purports to be a leaked internal company email from November 2010.

These flaws are inhibiting development of the kinds of complex web apps Google specialises in, says the email, purported to have been written by Googler Mark S Miller and available on Github.

A key paragraph:

The web has succeeded historically to some extent in spite of the web platform, based primarily on the strength of its reach. The emergence of compelling alternative platforms like iOS has meant that the web platform must compete on its merits, not just its reach. Javascript as it exists today will likely not be a viable solution long-term. Something must change.

Google plan to kill Javascript with Dart, fight off Apple • The Register

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