Google is slated to debut a new programming language known as “Dart” at the GOTO conference in October.
Although little is known about Dart thus far, the GOTO conference website describes it as a “language for structured web programming.”
Dart will be unveiled by Google engineers Gilad Bracha, who created the Newspeak programming language and co-authored the Java language spec, along with Lars Bak, a veteran virtual machinist who developed Chrome’s V8 accelerator and was involved with Beta, Self, Strongtalk, Sun’s HotSpot, CLDC HI, and OOVM Smalltalk.
“One of the biggest hints, though, is that both Bracha and Bak have worked extensively with Smalltalk in the past,” wrote Anthony.
“[As such], an interpreted Smalltalkesque language would fit right into the ‘structured web programming’ mold, too.”
However, Anthony noted that the industry already boasted “a ton” of viable and well-supported languages.
“If Go [is used] as a yardstick, though, Dart will probably be more of a curio than a groundbreaker – a language that is designed to explicitly solve Googlecentric issues, rather than an endemic programming language issue – and who knows, outsiders might find a use for the language too,” he added.