rA Mixed Message About JavaScript

By Rob Yoegel

October 21, 2011

Google research scientist Mark S. Miller believes the Web has started to outgrow JavaScript.

So, what about the countless JavaScript code snippets that you've put on your website? If Miller is right, you would think that your website could just stop working. But, that's not the case.

JavaScript still ranks as a top 10 programming language and will continue to allow programmers to add platform-independent functionality to Web applications for a long time to come. Plus, new programming languages like CoffeeScript or Google's Dart are still compiled as JavaScript before they are put on a website.

Google clearly created Dart to support its very large infrastructure. At the same time, Google is sending a mixed message that's evident when you consider the push of its V8 JavaScript engine used in its very-own Chrome web browser.

And did anyone at Google think for a second about giving this "JavaScript killer" the same name as the company's ad-serving platform (purchased from DoubleClick in 2007)? Good luck getting on the first page of search results for the term "Dart!"

No one can be certain whether or not Dart (the programming language) will revolutionize web applications or change how a programmer works. I've seen Google trash projects just as fast as they started them, most recently scrapping Google Labs, Code Search and other products.

But the evidence just isn't there to back up Miller's assertion now or any time soon.

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