This morning the Official Google Code blog revealed the giant’s latest step towards world domination – a new web programming language called Dart.

In his blog post Lars Bak, Software Engineer, Dart Team, reveals just an early preview of Dart which he says aims to:

  • Create a structured yet flexible language for web programming.
  • Make Dart feel familiar and natural to programmers and thus easy to learn.
  • Ensure that Dart delivers high performance on all modern web browsers and environments ranging from small handheld devices to server-side execution.

It’s a class-based programming language and Google has made the language and preliminary tools available as open source on dartlang.org where you can also find several code samples too.

While Google is saying this is an early preview it is also saying it wants to rapidly progress the language to be at the heart of development, so it appears with the dwindling Google Labs projects it is throwing it out to the wider developer community to help move it further forward.

We haven’t yet had time to play with it and at first glance are not sure what ground-breaking differences it will bring to the developer’s table. What you can bet though is that if the initial interest is strong, Google will invest heavily in it as controlling the very code developers use could further enhance the way Google control the way the web develops.

Have you seen Dart? What are your thoughts? Is there a need when Javascript is already so widely used and understood?

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