Dart for Hipsters
By Chris Strom
Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
Final Release Date: June 2012
Pages: 144

Dart 1.1 has arrived and Dart for Hipsters has you covered! Every chapter has been painstakingly reviewed and updated to work with the latest version of this exciting new language. The unabashed goal of Dart is to make programming for the Web simpler, faster, and more powerful. Dart for Hipsters teaches you the fastest way possible: with real code and real projects starting on page 1. You'll explore the ins and outs of Dart by writing a simple application that grows in complexity from modest beginnings to a separate library that fully leverages the power of Dart. Caution: after reading you may develop an intense attachment to structured code and skinny jeans.

In Dart for Hipsters, you follow project-based chapters demonstrating real-world problems solved with Dart. Each project serves as the foundation for deeper discussion of defining features of Dart, such as its support for functional programming. As you reinforce your understanding of Dart, you'll move on to more complex projects which, in turn, spur more complex discussions, such as how to maintain Dart and JavaScript side-by-side. By the end of this book, not only will you have a thorough introduction to the language, but you'll also have built an entire MVC library from scratch.

You'll jump right in by writing an Ajax-powered application, followed by a more detailed discussion of Dart's basic types. Along the way, Dart for Hipsters shows you how to compile Dart into JavaScript, how to use Dart's simple object-oriented programming approach, and how to build well-factored, easily used and maintained libraries. You'll see dynamic features of the language in action, such as injecting different data syncing behaviors for an entire framework with one line of code. Best of all, you'll learn how Dart makes working with HTML5 and similar technologies a breeze.

What You Need:

You will need Dartium, a preview release of Chrome with the Dart VM built-in. For some of the examples, you need either the dart2js tool or the Dart Editor to compile Dart down into JavaScript.

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