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Google has released an experimental version of the Chromium web browser with support for the company’s new Dart programming language. Dart, which is Google’s attempt to improve on JavaScript, has thus far not enjoyed much support outside of Google, but the company continues to push forward with its own efforts.

The new development preview version of the Chromium browser, the open source version of Google’s Chrome browser, contains the Dart Virtual Machine. This release, which Google is calling “Dartium,” can be downloaded from the Dart language website. At the moment it’s available only for Mac OS X and Linux. Google says a Windows version is “coming soon.” Keep in mind that this is a preview release and intended for developer testing, not everyday use.

Google originally created Dart to address the shortcomings of JavaScript and ostensibly speed up the development of complex, large-scale web applications.

While there is much programmers might like about Dart, it is, like Microsoft’s VBScript before it, a nonstandard language from a single vendor created without any regard for the existing web standards process. The new Dartium release is the first browser to include a Dart Virtual Machine and, based on the response from other browser makers to the initial release of Dart, likely the only browser that will ever ship with a Dart VM. For its part Google says it plans to incorporate the experimental Dart VM into Chrome proper in the future.

The company also has a plan for all those browsers that aren’t jumping on the Dart bandwagon — a compiler that translates Dart to good old JavaScript. In this scenario Dart ends up somewhat like CoffeeScript, a JavaScript abstraction that makes more sense to some programmers.

For more details on the new Dartium browser and the latest improvements to the Dart VM, be sure to check out the Google Code Blog announcement.

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Ask Reddit's got a fun thread: "what is the most painful way you have seen your co-worker accomplish something very simple?" As painful as this stuff is to read, it's a reminder that intelligent, experienced people often find familiar computing interface elements and metaphors impossible to parse.

Opens XP Internet Explorer, inhabited by so many toolbars that the actual display window resembles the eye slit on a hunting blind.

Uses Yahoo! toolbar to search for www.Yahoo.com.

Selects Yahoo! search engine from top of search results.

Types URL she has been given in full into Yahoo! search.

Selects random results on front page, and if they do not open desired website, closes IE and starts again from step 1.

what is the most painful way you have seen your co-worker accomplish something very simple? (self.AskReddit)

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