Alternative web language delivers first production release
The 1.0 release comes roughly one year after the Dart team shipped its first milestone release last October. Internally, that build was known as version 0.1, and the language has undergone multiple, significant changes since then. Bak says the current version is stable and that any changes to core technologies in future Dart versions will be backward compatible "for the foreseeable future."
Dart VM still isn't built into the mainstream Chrome browser, however, and there are no signs yet that it will be soon. But the Dart SDK does include a custom Chrome build called Dartium that integrates Dart VM for use as a rapid testing and debugging tool, and Dart VM can also be run in standalone mode to execute code on a server, much like Node.js.
Rounding out the Dart toolset is the Dart Editor, a light, language-specific IDE that includes such features as code completion, refactoring, a debugger, and code hints and warnings.
As Dart development continues, Bak says, the focus will be on polishing Dartium and improving the performance and stability of the Dart language and its related package libraries.
The Dart SDK 1.0 is available for download immediately from the Dart community website, along with documentation, tutorials, and related tools. ®