Spark, A Chrome App from Google is an IDE for Your Chromebook

Google is developing Spark, a tool for developers. It is doing it the Chrome way, or the Google way. Spark will be a Chrome app (native app or packaged app.. whatever you call it). And Google is using homegrown DART language to build the app.

A Chrome app based development environment with a reusable library of GUI widgets, the official description for the app says.

It is a Chrome app, which means it has  HTML, JavaScript, and CSS in its core. And for those who need a bit of intro on DART:

Dart is an open-source Web programming language developed by Google. It was unveiled at the GOTO conference in Aarhus, 2011 October 10–12.[3] The goal of Dart is “ultimately to replace JavaScript as the lingua franca of web development on the open web platform”,[4] but Dart is currently not natively supported in any mainstream browser. Dart is intended to address JavaScript’s problems (which Google’s engineers felt could not be solved by evolving the language) while offering better performance, the ability “to be more easily tooled for large-scale projects” and better security features.[4] Google works on Dart to help it build more complex, full-featured client-side Web applications.


Spark is still under development, but it is an open-source project, which means you can watch, try, or even contribute to it. Here is the GitHub link. In François Beaufort’s words:

This IDE project is full of goodness:
– It is built with Dart¹, the “new language for scalable web app engineering”
– It contains a GUI widgets library powered by Polymer²
– It’s public on GitHub and therefore interesting for anyone who wants to know how Dart and Polymer can be used to build the next generation of Chrome Apps.

Excited developers raise your hands please.

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