Google to Unveil 'Dart' Programming Language

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2011-09-09 Email Print this article Print

Google is preparing to debut a new structured Web programming language named "Dart" at the Goto conference in October.

Google is set to launch a new programming language, known as "Dart," at a developer conference in October.

According to the schedule for the upcoming Goto conference in Aarhus, Denmark, from Oct. 10-12, Google engineers will unveil Dart during the show's opening keynote.

Two noted Google software engineers with backgrounds in designing languages and major software systems, Lars Bak and Gilad Bracha, will present at the conference.

Dart is simply described as "a new programming language for structured Web programming."

Google's Bracha is the creator of the Newspeak programming language and a software engineer at Google. Previously, he was a vice president at SAP Labs, a distinguished engineer at Cadence, and a computational theologist and distinguished engineer at Sun Microsystems. He is co-author of the Java Language Specification, and a researcher in the area of object-oriented programming languages. Prior to joining Sun, he worked on Strongtalk, the Animorphic Smalltalk System. He is often seen on panels of industry luminaries discussing the future of languages and programming.

Meanwhile, Bak is known as "a veteran virtual machinist." He has designed and implemented object-oriented virtual machines, and worked on such projects as: Beta, Self, Strongtalk, Sun's HotSpot, OOVM Smalltalk and Google's V8 engine for the Chrome browser.

Google introduced another highly touted language, Go, in 2009. At the time of its launch, Google officials described Go as an "experimental language" that attempts to combine the development speed of working in a dynamic language like Python with the performance and safety of a compiled language like C or C++.

Go is listed as the 24th most popular programming language on the TIOBE Index, which ranks the popularity of programming languages based on the number of developers using the language. Google's Go won the TIOBE "Programming Language of the Year" award in 2009. The award is given to the programming language that has the highest rise in ratings in a year.


Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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