Suppose you’re designing a programming language. What syntax would you use for a string constant? This isn’t a trick; it’s as simple as that. If you want to print Hello World then how do you specify a basic string like that in your language?
If the back-end turns out not to be a focus of Dart that’s fine with me, but then shut up about how fast your VM is compared to V8 because no one’s going to be using it! If this turns out to be the case, it would have made more sense to improve V8 then the Dart VM. Until the Dart team comes out and says the back-end is not the focus for them, I’ll give Dart a chance. The language interests me even though the syntax looks like Java. I also feel they have an excellent team working on the VM that will keep improving over time. I would just like to take advantage of these improvements, if not in the browser, then on the back-end.