Google has just released the first public version of Dart, a new language, meant for what they call "structured web programming".
They had announced that they were working on Dart some weeks / months earlier.
The Dart language site is here: http://www.dartlang.org
It has an introduction to Dart, and links to a tutorial and a technical overview, among other things.
There is already a Dart thread on Hacker News, with tons of comments, some pro, some con:
Google says that the language can be used in most modern browsers - Chrome, Safari 5+, Firefox 4+, as well as on servers.
The site http://www.dartlang.org/ currently has an app called Dartboard.
Dartboard allows you to run a few sample snippets of Dart code.
It also lets you modify them and then run the modified versions.
I tried out the 4 or so sample Dart snippets in a recent Chrome version.
All samples worked. But running the code seemed to trigger web requests, even though the code itself was not doing anything web-related, as far as I know.
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