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Dart: JavaScript's Replacement - Chris Strom

Feature Presentation: Dart, JavaScript's Replacement

JavaScript is a wonderful language. Dart hopes to be better. This talk will give a brief introduction to the language that Google hopes will replace JavaScript. Dart boasts familiar syntax, classical object oriented programming, built-in libraries for writing large projects and, most importantly of all, dates that actually work. JavaScript is 18 years old. What would it be like if we knew what the modern web would be? Dart.

Chris Strom is the author of "Dart for Hipsters". Chris fancies himself a relentless public learner, with more than 1,000 blog posts serving as his research notes for his books. He has more than 10 years experience programming in Perl, Ruby, JavaScript, or whatever his current obsession happens to be.

Lightning Talks

- "JSLint should be part of your CI" by Nick Gauthier

- "Game engine" by Spencer Jobe (see

- "Kickoff iOS game converted to HTML5" by Joe Hopkins (see links below)


We will randomly give away two items during this meetup. You must be RSVPed, and you must be present to win.

1. A copy of "Dart for Hipsters", courtesy of Chris Strom.

2. A Boot2Gecko smartphone, courtesy of Glen Goodwin


Food will be provided - exact type TBD. Some cold beverages as well.

Location: in Tide Point has offered their space to us for our meetups, it's located in Tide Point in the Ivory Building.

If you bike over, feel free to bring your bike inside, or lock up on one of the outdoor racks. You can also take the water taxi over from Fells Point (landing #8) to landing #10.


If you drive, park in one of the Green or Purple areas:

Green is designated visitor spaces, they are also marked "visitor" on the pavement. Do not park in 'reserved' or 'handicap' (unless you have a permit). Purple is the employee lot which is also available for us.

The Blue marker is the entrance to the meeting space on Haubert St.

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  • Austin K.

    No beer!!! was interesting to learn about Dart. However, it was still premature for me to adopt it for any of my projects. Also, it would have been nice to give more examples where I can use Dart.

    August 8, 2012

  • Spencer J.

    Great atmosphere, and great people. Cool presentation on Dart. I really enjoy attending these meet-ups.

    July 26, 2012

  • Joe H.

    Influenced by I recently converted my iOS game to Windows 8 Metro & Chrome Web Store by porting it to a JavaScript/HTML5 implementation. Kickoff has sold well in the App Store and I hope for similar results on Windows 8.

    Chrome Store:

    App Store:

    I'm happy to do a lightning demo and show off some code.

    1 · July 9, 2012

  • Spencer J.

    Hi All,
    I am working on a game engine which might make a good presentation. I've uploaded all of the contents to my website. (see link below) I know there are some less-than-best JavaScript practices used in its design. (global variables, Java-applets for sound.) However, I think it might make for a good 5-minute filler presentation.


    July 8, 2012

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