Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Pharo Sprint in Argentina

Alexandre Bergel organizes a new Pharo sprint in Argentina (Buenos Aires or Rosario).

Read here and here about the details.

The World of Smalltalk

Geert Claes announced a new website:

Nice and clean design with good introduction information. Next time someone asks for Smalltalk I will point him to that site.


Chris Cunnington wrote:
"To date I've made 74 video tutorials on Squeak. I make one every week."

You can find them here:

Pharo talk in Vietnam

Serge will talk about Pharo in Vietnam tomorrow. Read more here.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Promote the use of Smalltalk

I've found this conversation between Michael and Ian on the Squeak-dev list

>> If you want to promote the use of Squeak, you need to find people with a
>> Squeak-shaped hole in their lives, help them recognise that the hole exists,
>> convince them that Squeak can fill the hole, and make filling that hole as
>> enjoyable as possible [note to self, never use this uncomfortable metaphor
>> again].
>Are you a golfer? :)

Interesting. Should we play more golf to promote Smalltalk? Why not - a golf course is often the place where business decisions are made ... ;)

Squeaking along with Andreas

Hey, Andreas Raab now starts to blog:

I think we can expect to see postings on Win32 and Android Squeak VM's, Squeak in general and his work at Teleplace.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Squeak and Pharo Installer for Windows

There are different ways to get Smalltalk installed on your machine.

Pharo by default provides a one click image (30MB) which is useful if you want to work with different platforms. It's a simple ZIP file.

I additionally prepared a Windows installer which is only 10MB and more aligned with what a Windows user expects. You can try Pharo 1.0 with it here.

Meanwhile Ian has picked up my script for Squeak and it is nice to see one can also easily install Squeak 4.1. with it now too.

Build the squeak vm from scratch on Linux in one command

Laurent has written a script to build the squeak vm from scratch on Linux in one command. Real time saver.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Squeak 4.1 is released

Squeak 4.1 combines the license change occurring in the 4.0 release with
the development work that has been going on while the relicensing
process took place. Squeak now also includes the closure work and an improved UI.

Read more here.

Iliad 0.8 released

According to Nicolas the version 0.8 of the Iliad web framework is released. Read more.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Apple removes Scratch from iPhone

The discussion on the license change for Apple continues.
Meanwhile Scratch (which is written in Squeak Smalltalk)
was also removed.

Apple tries to keep complete control - I'm sure this wont work. Especially since there are alternatives like Android which offers more freedom.

Pharo 1.0 released

We finally made it ... Pharo 1.0 is released.

Just go and download it.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Future of Java

Oracle bought Sun, now they provide Sun server hardware and also "own" Java (and other technologies like MySQL, JavaFX, ...). I know that there is a JCP, but I think the driving force behind Java development is now Oracle.

Interesting that James Gosling (inventor of Java) now left Oracle.

Interesting times ...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Smalltalk 2009 conference videos

According to Andrés the videos from the Smalltalks 2009 conference are now available at the FAST website. Just click on Videos tab there.

Regex Chapter for PBE 2

There is a new draft chapter on Regular Expressions in Pharo available online.
This is intended for the planned "Pharo by Example 2" book.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Music by projection

Stéphane Rollandin created a screencasts demonstrating the muO system for
experimental musical composition which is based on Squeak 3.8. Read more here. A little bit weird ... since the screencast has no sound enabled, so you have to try it yourself.