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Learning Dart by Ivo Balbaert
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Mar 10, 14

Read in March, 2014

With the release of Dart 1.0 in November 2013 we received a powerful tool for crafting robust, modern and scalable web apps. The knowledge base available for anyone wanting to get to know this Google developed language is growing, so I guess that soon we will be looking at “must-read Dart books” lists and this one has every chance of making it into each developer's canon.

Who is this book for? Well, it could be a bit too much for total novices in the programming world, but otherwise I think it's really well-suited both for seasoned developers eager to try Dart, or “post-beginners” familiar with basic programming concepts and (at least having heard about) some of the latest web technologies. As authors state, because of its dual focus the book “can appeal to both web developers who want to learn a modern way of developing web applications, and to developers who seek guidance on how to use HTML5.”

The core of the book are some useful Dart projects that the audience should code along, or better – code around, as authors decided to use the so-called spiral approach for explaining the vital concepts of web development with Dart. This means that on the beginning the simple solution to a given problem is presented, but later on it is being further developed (either on the basis of existing work or from scratch but making use of the just introduced concepts) in a few iterations called spirals. I am a big fan of this approach and think it is one of the best for teaching complex matters like programming – it both gives confidence about one's abilities and allows to make use of existing knowledge, while gradually expanding the student's set of skills.

Learning Dart is a very comprehensive volume that covers an impressive range of Dart web development related concepts: from basics like built-in types and their methods or using classes and objects to combining Dart with HTML5 forms, developing business apps with Polymer web components, client-server communication or data-driven web apps with MongoDB and MySQL, to name just a few. Just take a look at the table of contents! It can literally take you from zero to hero in no time.

tl;dr if you're looking at this review chances are you're in need of a good book that can get you up to speed with Dart programming language, look no further! This one will do it for you whether you're a ninja-rockstar-knight-commander or what have you of whatever programming language you're into or just a simple peasant trying to not feel overwhelmed by the amount of skills you have to acquire to pretend to not be a peasant anymore. And if you're somewhere in the middle, I am pretty sure Learning Dart it will do it for you too.
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