"The Web has succeeded historically to some extent in spite of the Web platform, based primarily on the strength of its reach," he contends. "The emergence of compelling alternative platforms like iOS has meant that the Web platform must compete on its merits, not just its reach."
In a posting at the Google Code blog today, Lars Bak, a software engineer on Google's Dart team, outlines the goals of the project:
- Create a structured yet flexible language for Web programming.
- Make Dart feel familiar and natural to programmers so it's easy to learn.
- Ensure that Dart delivers high performance on all modern Web browsers and environments ranging from small handheld devices to server-side execution.
With the announcement of the early preview of Dart, Google has made some basic libraries and tools available for programmers to experiment with the open source language at a dedicated website.
It has been estimated that the World Wide Web accounts for only a quarter of the traffic on the Internet, a number that continues to decline. If something like Dart can bring innovators back to the Web, maybe it can reverse that decline and silence those who have already written the Web's obituary.