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Tracking Dart feature implementation

Posted by Seth Ladd

Dart is moving quickly, here's a list of some features with their status in both the Dart VM and dart2js compiler. When appropriate, I've included a link to the issue so you can track the progress.

This is a snapshot in time, valid as of 2012-04-12.


Feature: Implicit interface of class
Spec: done
VM: issue 1971
dart2js: done
analysis: done

Feature: Lazy initialization of static variables
Spec: done (0.8)
VM: issue 2472
dart2js: ?
analysis: not done

Feature: const modifier for static variables
Spec: done (0.8)
VM: issue 2505
dart2js: ?
analysis: ?

Feature: Support for abstract classes and methods
Spec: done
VM: issue 1603
dart2js: done
analysis: done

Feature: Cascaded method invocations
Spec: done (0.8)
VM: issue 2501
dart2js: http://codereview.chromium.org/9958009/
analysis: ?

Feature: Concatenation of adjacent string literals
Spec: done (0.8)
VM: done
dart2js: ?
analysis: done

Feature: Call operator
Spec: done (0.8)
VM: issue 1604
dart2js: ?
analysis: not done

Feature: Revised semantics for ==, introduction of equals operator
Spec: done (0.7)
VM: issue 2506
dart2js: ?
analysis: ?

Feature: Show: combinator for libraries
Spec: done
VM: issue 2508
dart2js: ?
analysis: ?

Feature: Checking of type parameter bounds
Spec: done
VM: issue 2507
dart2js: ?
analysis: done

Feature: Implement F-bounded quantification
Spec: done
VM: issue 439
dart2js: ?
analysis: ?

Feature: Mirror interface (aka reflection)
Spec: In progress, initial version done
VM: ?
dart2js: ?
analysis: ?

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Posted by Seth Ladd

(This is an "oldie but a goodie" misc@dartlang.org post originally written by Bob Nystrom. It is being posted here as the explanations still ring true.)

Bob writes:


"static", "final", and "const" mean entirely distinct things in Dart:

"static" means a member is available on the class itself instead of on instances of the class. That's all it means, and it isn't used for anything else. static modifies *members*.

"final" means single-assignment: a final variable or field *must* have an initializer. Once assigned a value, a final variable's value cannot be changed. final modifies *variables*.

"const" has a meaning that's a bit more complex and subtle in Dart. const modifies *values*. You can use it when creating collections, like const [1, 2, 3], and when constructing objects (instead of new) like const Point(2, 3). Here, const means that the object's entire deep state can be determ…