Google’s JavaScript alternative, Dart

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The Dart programming language is Google’s modern alternative to JavaScript. It will mainly run in browsers but can also be used at the command line and on servers as a replacement for PHP.

Code written in Google’s Dart programming language looks very much like a mixture of JavaScript and Java, seasoned with a pinch of Scala. This resemblance is intentional: The programming language was designed on the basis of wanting to eliminate some problems and legacy ballast from JavaScript. The idea was that Dart programs would execute more quickly, provide better security, work on any Internet-capable device, and be suitable for even larger projects. If you have experience with the languages referred to – and this description fits almost any web programmer – you will quickly feel at home in Dart.

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