Sunday, June 20, 2010

Teleplace Cog VMs are now available as OpenSource

Wow ... soon after I asked what the state of the Cog virtual machine is Eliot now announced it as open source release on the squeak list.

The Cog VMs are Squeak/Croquet VMs that run closure Squeak/Croquet/Pharo/Cuis images and should really give them a performance boost. Read more.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Cuis 2.4 released

Cuis is a free Smalltalk-80 environment derived from Squeak. Beeing minimalistic it should be a great tool for running Smalltalk on small devices.

Juan announced version 2.4.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Smallthought Systems bought by Twitter

The Smallthought Systems company which is known for (an online data tool written in Smalltalk using Seaside) was acquired by Twitter today.

Interesting, looks like service continues but does not allow new registrations and Avi (who is also the creator of the original Seaside framework) is now working for Twitter in the Twitter's analytics team. Either he will now switch to Ruby again or we can expect Twitter services driven by Smalltalk in the future. Who knows ...

Read here and here.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

OpenCobalt on Squeak 4.1.

Open Cobalt Alpha is the first step in a long term project to make available to all people a free and open source platform for constructing, accessing, and sharing virtual workspaces for research and education. It's all done in Smalltalk.

The OpenCobalt project now moved forward to run on the latest Squeak 4.1. version. Read more.

There is also a new website online for sharing Cobalt worlds:

ESUG 2010

ESUG 2010 is in preparation, this year in Barcelona, Spain (September 13 - 17, 2010) together with a Camp Smalltalk (September 11-12).

Read more if you want to contribute or attend.

JNIPort Preview for Pharo

JNIPort - a bridge between Smalltalk and Java is now also available for Pharo. Joachim released a first preview.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Memory Monitor for Pharo

Alexandre created a small memory monitor for Pharo. Nice.
Instructions to load via Metacello can be found on the project site.

Pharo Engineer

INRIA is looking for a fulltime Pharo engineer. If you want to work with Smalltalk in France then read more.

Seaside at Irish Software Show

Julian speaks about the Seaside web framework on the Irish Software Show (held between June 8th and 11th in Dublin's Trinity College). Read more.

Gaucho 1.0

Fernando announced "Gaucho 1.0" - a direct manipulation environment for software based on Pharo 1.0.

If you want to try it out go to to get the install script or watch a video.

Features included in version 1.0:
Direct manipulation of Classes, methods and packages
Easily perform rename refactorings of classes and methods
Draggable arrows for manipulating the inheritance relationships between classes
Creating and runing tests for all the classes in the system
Creating workspaces for taking snapshots of the current pampas
Smart searching for any object in the system
Keyboard shortcuts associated to the most important operations
Logging all the changes to the system
Saving/Loading developers and workspaces to the default local directory

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Moose 4.0

There is a new version 4.0 of the Moose suite. It's its first fully open source release since it is now based on Pharo 1.0. Read more.