Dart Flight School

Dart Flight School event!

Come early at 10:30 to set up! 
11a - 12:30a Tech Talk: Intro to Dart 
1:30p - 2:30p Code Lab: Intermediate Dart 
3:00 - 5:00p Optional Hackathon!

https://www.dartlang.org/events/2013/flight-school/

Thought I'd add a little pep talk about why you really ought to look at Dart.

Dart is one of the most exciting programming languages I’ve encountered in my 33 years of programming.

Here are three strong reasons to use Dart:

1) Dart allows you to do JavaScript programming without the terrible problems inherent in JavaScript. Dart fixes JavaScript’s most serious problems as listed in the book “JavaScript: The Good Parts” by Douglas Crockford. Dart translates to JavaScript that is competitive with the performance of hand-coded JavaScript. 

2) Dart has modern programming features and concise, yet clear syntax. Dart incorporates JavaScript’s best practices into its language design. Dart has: classes, private variables, getter/setters, and convenient syntax for many common use cases. Dart handles the DOM and the rest of its library using modern design patterns (Futures and Streams). It is easy to write maintainable code in Dart. 

3) Dart’s semantics are designed for performance and versatility. Currently, Dart’s VM runs at about twice the speed of the best JavaScript VMs. Remember that on a mobile device, twice the CPU efficiency can mean twice the battery life. Dart’s VM is available in a special version of Chrome called Dartium and can also be used for command line and server-side coding.

Dart has so many benefits it is hard to describe them in a short message. I have a longer version on my blog:

Why Dart Should Be Your Next Programming Language


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  • Brian S.

    I've placed my Dart Quick Reference and other useful Dart links on my blog:
    http://www.appprogress.com/dart-resources/

    2 · February 25, 2014

  • Sue U.

    Thank you also to Tinkermill folk for giving demos of their cool tools there! Good to know they have a meetup group as well!! I enjoyed the Dart Labs and plan to do more.

    2 · February 22, 2014

  • Daniel W.

    Great meet up. Looking forward to the next one at CSU!

    1 · February 22, 2014

  • Viney

    Thank u for the awesome meetup!!!

    1 · February 22, 2014

  • G. Hussain C.

    Thank you for attending the Dart Flight School! Please fill out this survey so we can know how we did, thank you!
    http://goo.gl/DqFuBX

    February 22, 2014

  • G. Hussain C.

    Had a great time seeing everyone! Thanks for coming!

    February 22, 2014

  • Bernd S.

    Will there be a Hangout or other remote attendance option?

    February 22, 2014

    • G. Hussain C.

      Bernd, sorry unfortunately no. We weren't able to plan for one. We're going through the dartlang.org/codelabs right now though

      February 22, 2014

  • Sue U.

    Looking for the space.. I'm walking around the mall near the conoco at Hover and Mt View Ave..

    February 22, 2014

    • Sue U.

      No indoor mall here, just an empty and closed outdoor mall.. I'll drive south on Hover and look for indoor malls. Thanks!

      February 22, 2014

    • G. Hussain C.

      Yes thanks... It's in the mall that has the Twin Peaks theaters

      February 22, 2014

  • Tim

    Dang, I'm not going to be able to make it this time..

    February 22, 2014

  • Matthew S.

    Unable to drive that far today due to knee issues

    February 22, 2014

  • Curtis P.

    I'm sold :) I'll do my best to find time to attend. I'm working on a project right now where it may be a good opportunity to incorporate Dart.

    January 24, 2014

  • Curtis P.

    I may be able to make Feb 12th meetup, I miss your meetups. I've been extremely busy with side projects lately...not much extra time. I'm interested in Dart....in a nutshell, what's the advantage of writing Dart code over native JavaScript?

    January 23, 2014

  • Daniel W.

    Thanks for all your work in getting this setup Hussain.

    December 23, 2013

  • G. Hussain C.

    Curtis, it allows people to get a jump on Dart while still being compatible with existing web technologies - and the dart2js minimizer/compiler's getting pretty fast, almost on par with natively written javascript. Here's a company's thoughts on Dart and using dart 2 js: http://news.dartlang.org/2013/04/why-blossom-is-switching-to-dart.html

    1 · December 12, 2013

  • Curtis P.

    Unfortunately I had to miss the Dart introduction...I'm curious about it, but....what's with the Dart to js thingymajob? That seems counter productive no?

    December 3, 2013

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