Develop modern web apps with Dart

This article first appeared in issue 234 of .net magazine – the world's best-selling magazine for web designers and developers.

Dart is a new, open source project designed to help developers from many different backgrounds build awesome modern web apps. More than a language, the Dart project also includes core libraries, an editor, a virtual machine, a package manager and a compiler to JavaScript. It’s a structured approach to web development, with support for classes, libraries, and (optional) static type annotations. Dart compiles to JavaScript to run across modern browsers, including desktop and mobile.

The Dart project is getting ready to launch its M1 release, the first public milestone since the initial unveiling. There will be more updates leading up to the 1.0 release, but we believe M1 will be ready for library and application authors. Thanks in large part to community feedback, Dart is getting more robust and adding critical features. This article reviews the state of the project, shows off some interesting features, and helps you get started with Dart Editor.

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