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Google's Dart Becomes ECMA's Dart

mikejuk (1801200) writes | about 4 months ago

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mikejuk (1801200) writes "Google's Dart just reached version 1.0, but now it seems that it has aspirations to being an international standard. The question is will this make any difference to the language's future?
Given that Google effectively own Dart, what advantage does standardization bring? The answer to what Google thinks it brings is indicated in the Chromium blog:
"The new standardization process is an important step towards a future where Dart runs natively in web browsers."
and this seems reasonable. A standard is something that would be required before other browser makers decided to fall in line and support native Dart. It is probably a necessary but far from sufficient, condition, however, with Microsoft, Apple and Mozilla having other interests to further.
Last but not least, having the backing of a standard might just encourage possible users to believe that the language won't sink if Google gets distracted with other projects and decides that Dart is dispensable. However, a strong open source development community capable of supporting Dart without Google's input would be a better reassurance.
If you want to help, Google would like you to join the committee. After all, it still hasn't a Vice Chair.
So can we expect to see ECMA CoffeeScript or TypeScript in the near future? Probably not."

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