|The Astonishing Rise Of Dart|
|Written by Mike James|
|Monday, 13 October 2014|
If you want to run it natively in a browser your only choice is Chrome and even then you can't use a standard edition. Rather you need the Dartium version that comes with the Dart code editor.
It is difficult to say whether any of these developments is the cause of the astonishing change in this month's Dart TIOBE index. After showing only small pulses of interest since its introduction in late 2011, Dart has suddenly entered the top 20 languages at number 17 after a rapid and sustained spike starting at the end of July 2014. To give you some idea of where this places the language, its TIOBE ranking is better than F# and close to Ruby. From nothing much to being as popular as Ruby means you probably need to take notice of Dart in the future.
Take a look at the way the index has changed:
Of course there are all of the usual caveats about the TIOBE index, but no matter what you think is being measured, something clearly happened at the end of July. It is so unusual that the thought that someone might be gaming the TIOBE index does occur.
As an interesting coda, it is also worth mentioning that a suggestion on the UserVoice forum to the Microsoft IE team is that a Dart VM be added to Internet Explorer. Although this suggestion has only been up for a week it already has over 1500 supporting votes together with lots of negative comments. A similar suggestion that the team should support ASM.js has fewer votes. Given Microsoft's tendency to ignore any such proposal that doesn't fit in with its prevailing opinion, this doesn't mean anything much will happen.
I don't think that it's time to learn Dart or to take it any more seriously, but it is time to start to monitor its progress more carefully.
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