Dart is done.
Well, not completely done -- anything not actually cancelled at Google is a constant work in progress -- but the company on Thursday announced version 1.0 of its controversial Web programming language.when it comes to programmer efficiency and software performance for Web sites and Web apps.
The 1.0 release means Dart is now ready for real-world Web sites, not just for testing, said Dart project leader Lars Bak in a blog post. And even though lots of roadblocks mean it's not possible to use Dart directly on the Web, Google offers indirect mechanisms that could make it useful while Google tries to convince other browser makers Dart is worthwhile.
Eventually, that programmer interest will be the strongest argument that other browser makers should support Dart.
Google uses Dart internally for its own customer relationship management system and for its Google Elections site, the company said, but it's also got external allies, including Blossom for collaboration and organization among employees; the Soundtrap music recording site, the Mandrill e-mail delivery company, and the Montage photo book company.
That's a start, to be sure. But even though Dart 1.0 is finished, the Dart project overall still has a long way to go.