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October 10, 2011
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Office 365 Vs. Google Apps: Top 10 Enterprise Concerns
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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.
About the Author(s)
Editor at Large, Enterprise Mobility
Thomas Claburn has been writing about business and technology since 1996, for publications such as New Architect, PC Computing, InformationWeek, Salon, Wired, and Ziff Davis Smart Business. Before that, he worked in film and television, having earned a not particularly useful master's degree in film production. He wrote the original treatment for 3DO's Killing Time, a short story that appeared in On Spec, and the screenplay for an independent film called The Hanged Man, which he would later direct. He's the author of a science fiction novel, Reflecting Fires, and a sadly neglected blog, Lot 49. His iPhone game, Blocfall, is available through the iTunes App Store. His wife is a talented jazz singer; he does not sing, which is for the best.
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