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Dart Language Gets New Technical Committee


Ecma has created a new technical committee named TC52 to publish a standard specification of the Dart complex web application language. Dart is intended to help developers build HTML5 apps for the Web, fast, hence the name.

Dart has been described as a "batteries included" developer platform that integrates the language, libraries, an editor, a virtual machine, and a compiler with JavaScript output, too.

Ecma International, for its part, is an industry association founded in 1961, dedicated to the standardization of information and communication systems — Dart has been originally developed by Google.

So now Dart is ready for standardization after last month's 1.0 SDK release, which saw the language reach a state of stability and maturity to rank it suitable for production use. The Ecma team says that it will now be collaborating with the broader web community via TC52 to responsibly evolve the language going forward.

The new standardization process is an "important step" towards a future where Dart runs natively in web browsers, says the team.

"Dart apps can be fast when compiled to JavaScript, but an embedded Dart VM enables even better performance. We're thrilled to have a dedicated technical committee working on Dart. We also feel confident that Ecma (the home of standards such as JavaScript, Eiffel, and C#) is the right place to help guide the evolution of the Dart language," blogged Anders Sandholm, product manager and standard guy.


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