Chrome begins to integrate Google Dart

chromeTest versions of Google Chrome are now capable of running programs written in Dart!  This is another big step Google is taking to promote Dart as an alternative to JavaScript.  For now, Dart support is only available in test versions of Chromium (the foundation of Chrome), but users can infer that future versions of Chrome are likely to come with Dart-processing capability out of the box.  Google announced this tech preview in The Chromium Blog, writing,

This technology preview allows you to run your Dart programs directly on the Dart VM in Chromium and avoid a separate compilation step. Over time, these programs will take advantage of the VM’s faster performance and lower startup latency.

This new Dartium virtual machine can load raw Dart code without first converting it into JavaScript.  For now, it’s Mac OS/Linux only, but expect a Windows version soon.

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