Dart enters beta with beefed up editor, compiler
Hot on the heels of Microsoft's latest TypeScript release, Google has shipped the first beta SDK for Dart, its own
Some of the biggest improvements in the beta, however, are to the Dart Editor. The new version features a rewritten code analysis engine that can parse code and locate potential problems 20 per cent faster than before.
The beta editor includes a number of new code refactoring options and new "quick fixes" for automatically resolving code issues. It also features new code completion options, such as the ability to detect "camel case" – so you can type "gN" and the editor will guess that you want a method called "getNext," for example.
In addition, a new "pub deploy" command pulls together all of an application's code and assets and packages them into a directory for easy deployment to a web server.
The Dart team has made a number of other tweaks and enhancements to the language's libraries and tools, too – for a complete list, check out the formal release notes here.
This first beta brings the Dart language that much closer to a formal release, but as for when we can expect Dart 1.0, there's still no word. Google has hinted a few times that it plans to finalize the first release sometime around this summer, but as with so many projects from the Chocolate Factory, it hasn't firmly committed to any timeline.
Dart is open source software released under the BSD License. The beta Dart SDK, tools, documentation, and code samples can all be found at the project's homepage. ®
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