Is Google missing the mark with Dart?
Chrome programmers punted the new language at the Google I/O event earlier this month, claiming faster speeds, simpler structures and superior potential for future improvements as reasons to be excited for the new language.
"We question whether it's possible to get a factor of two [speedup] in V8 in the near term," Bak said in his talk at Google I/O, an impressive target, but one they don't believe can be achieved without Dart.
Dart, contrasts Bak, permits a processor technique known as SIMD (single instruction, multiple data), which allows for a chip to perform the same action on multiple elements, rather than in a sequence of identical commands.
However, Mozilla and Microsoft, developers of Chrome's top competitors, have resisted Google's efforts to drum up support, and even the audience at the evangelical Google event only managed a single "woo hoo", reports CNET.
Critics have said Google should "put [its] money where [its] mouth is" and make the new offering integral to Android, if it wants people to take the language seriously, and many are sceptical it will end up as "another Google Reader".