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Discussion on: How you turn a string into a number (or vice versa) with Dart

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Adam Crockett

Before Dart as it is today, Dart was going to be a replacement for JavaScript (in Googles mind), There is a Dartium version of chrome that ran Dart 1. The decision was made to rebirth Dart into what it is today, but I see that the JavaScript compiler exists. So the idea is not dead, just different.

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Jermaine Oppong

The dart2js compiler to JavaScript is necessary if we need to develop apps that run on the web. An aim with Dart 2 was to improve the tooling geared towards clientside development. They wrote about this on their Medium blog.