Dart helps on things like 3D gaming. A detailed structure of objects means the VM doesn’t have to take time running floating point connections to run new objects, which puts extra pressure on the garbage collector.
Technology is one thing but overcoming the industry’s politics is a factor, too.
Bak's team has two hurdles to clear. Firstly, Apple, Microsoft, Mozilla and Opera will need to be convinced of the technical merits of Dart. But secondly, they will also need to be persuaded that Dart is not a cuckoo's egg that Google is trying to lay in their browser nests to take over the internet, that it's not a means to plonk them on a Mountainview roadmap or shoehorn them into helping Google’s search, advertising and web properties to the detriment of their own.
“While Dash is catching on with other browsers, we will promote it as the language for serious web development on the web platform," Miller continued in his October 2010 internal memo.
The memo leaked as Google revealed Dart at the Goto Conference in 2011.
C++ or ColdFusion - Dart's future
Fate is a shifting force in programming languages. C++, Java and PHP are today riding high, but for how long? Others that were once big - such as ColdFusion from Macromedia and Adobe for rapid web application development - are now in terminal decline.
Now, there are moves afoot to extend it further on the server with Node.js.
But, as we know, VMs are Bak's territory; it's languages that are tricky.
“Most people talk of a long adopt period – more than five years. We have working on this for two years and we already have good community. It looks pretty good, I’m very optimistic right now,“ Bak says. “This [Google] is the right place to do these projects.” ®
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