Thursday, July 28, 2016

Dart 1.18: Laying foundations

Dart 1.18 is now available. Go get it!

The team has been focused on implementation details over the last six weeks. The API changes to the SDK are very light – see the CHANGELOG – but we have been working hard laying the foundation for a number of important projects.


Download the latest release. Let us know what you think!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

AngularDart is going all Dart

Until now, the multiple language flavors of Angular 2 were written as TypeScript source, and then automatically compiled to both JavaScript and Dart. We're happy to announce that we’re splitting the Angular 2 codebase into two flavors – a Dart version and a TypeScript/JavaScript version – and creating a dedicated AngularDart team.

This is amazing news for Dart developers because:

  • The framework will feel more like idiomatic Dart.
  • It will make use of Dart features that couldn't work with the TypeScript flavor.
  • It will be faster.

This is equally great news for our TypeScript and JavaScript developers, by the way. Cleaner API, performance gains, easier contributions. Read more on the Angular blog.

Angular 2 for Dart is used by many teams at Google. Most famously by the AdWords team, but many other Google teams build large, mobile-friendly web apps. Some of the top requests from these teams were: make the API feel like Dart, provide a faster edit-refresh cycle, and improve application performance.

That’s exactly what we aim to do. We believe we can significantly improve both the performance and usability of AngularDart. For example, in the 2 weeks since we started work on the purely Dart version, we were already able to unleash strong mode on the code and were able to significantly improve the code quality (fixed 1000+ warnings).

One more thing


We're also happy to announce plans to release our library of Material Design components for Angular 2 Dart. These components are built purely in Dart, and they’re used in production Google apps. Watch news.dartlang.org for updates.

Here’s just one of the many Angular 2 Dart components we plan to release:



Dart was designed "batteries included" – it’s not just a programming language, but also a set of stable libraries, solid tools, a great framework — and soon, a repository of battle-tested UI widgets.

The components aren’t ready to be publicly released yet, but if you were thinking about learning Dart, now is a good time to start. By the time you’re ready to build production apps, you’ll have the building blocks at your disposal.

Dig into AngularDart


angular2 2.0.0-beta.18 is now available on the pub site. You can look at the source, file issues and create pull requests at dart-lang/angular2. If you already use AngularDart in a project, you can use pub upgrade now to get the latest version. Please join the AngularDart gitter to ask general questions.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Changes at dartlang.org


Today we simplified dartlang.org, making it reflect the current state of the project a little bit better.

We have www.dartlang.org for the fundamental Dart technologies—the language itself and the core libraries. And then we have separate websites for the different targets:
Some other changes we made:
  • Feature the pages that people visit most often.
  • Show the core goals of the project on the homepage.
  • Completely rework the information architecture, from domains down to individual pages and sections.
  • Set up events.dartlang.org for hosting event-related micro-sites.
  • Reimplement the sites to make maintenance easier.
More significant changes will come, but we needed to land these changes before going further.
If you notice that something's broken or could just be better, please let us know using the relevant issue tracker: