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Google on Monday introduced a preview version of Dart, its new programming language for Web applications. The introduction was widely expected, not only because the announcement was listed on the GOTO developer conference schedule, but because a Google engineer described the language and its reason for being in a message sent to a developer mailing list late last year.
But Dart offers several advantages. It allows programmers to write "untyped" code--where data types aren't specified as a string or number, for example--that can be turned into "typed" code later. Writing untyped code is generally faster at the outset and, at later stages of development, having "typed" data in a program aids with debugging and makes code more structured. This is particularly beneficial when developing largescale applications.
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"If you develop two independent components using same library, they can use that library without the other component destroying the library," he said.
Google has made Dart available as an open source project at dartlang.org.
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