Book: Dart: Up and Running
When we joined Google and entered the fascinating world of web browser development
more than six years ago, the web was a different place. It was clear that a new breed of
web apps was emerging, but the performance of the underlying platform left much to
be desired. Given our background in designing and implementing virtual machines,
Google Chrome in 2008, and we are very proud of the positive performance impact our
work seems to have had on the entire browser industry.
Even though recent performance gains in web browsers have shattered most limits on
how large and complex web apps can be, building large, high-performance web apps
remains hard. Without good abstraction mechanisms and clean semantics, developers
often end up with complex and convoluted code. Naturally, this problem gets exacerbated
as the codebase grows. We designed the Dart programming language to solve this
exact problem, and we hope that programmers will be more productive as a result.
Over the past year, we have read and written a lot of Dart code, and it is very satisfying
to see how Dart inspires programmers to strive for concise, elegant programs. There is
something very enjoyable about incrementally transforming prototypes into maintainable
production software through refactorings and adding type annotations—and it
definitely feels like Dart as a language scales well from small experiments to large projects
with lots of code.
Dart: Up and Running is a practical guide that introduces the Dart programming language
and teaches you how to build Dart applications. We hope you will enjoy the book