Thursday, October 28, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Smalltalk Solutions Call for Proposals

The STIC (Smalltalk Industrial Counsil) has opened a "Call for Proposals" for Smalltalk Solutions Las Vegas 2011. Read more here.

Redline Smalltalk ping

Some more activities around Redline Smalltalk. There is a new webpage including code, a new blog and twitter mentions an Eclipse plugin.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Independent Misinterpretations

James Robertson is not working for Cincom anymore. First I was shocked when I heard about it since I know that he was working there evangelizing Smalltalk for around 17 years. And it was around 1994 when I started with Smalltalk at university using the VisualWorks product...

James has a unique style of bringing a product closer to the customers using all the new medias (blogs, podcasts, ...) and he has done a very good job for Cincom and the overall Smalltalk community by providing news and informations. It's good to see that he will continue to be with Smalltalk since he now launched a new podcast - "Independent Misinterpretations". Read more.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Image sizes and MicroSqueak

Reduce the size of the image by shrinking or write out a new (reduced) image file. Either way - if size matters and you feel like you have to dig into bootstrapping an own Smalltalk system based on Squeak you should have a look at this post from Eliot.
There you will find code that will produces a headless 57k image with a few basic classes as a proof of concept. Interesting!

Reminds me on the minimal image experiment from the past that was able to compute 3+4 which was only a few kilobytes in size. Nobody was able to see the result since it was instantly garbage collected ;)

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Scratch for Arduino - an interview

An interview with the developers of Scratch for the Arduino open source hardware platform. Scratch is implemented in Smalltalk.

To quote:

Then was when I discovered Scratch, once the hard part of learning Smalltalk. A hard but interesting part because I've made my career in programming but not as much as Marina, and still I realized that is something different, unlike any other object oriented languages and completely dynamic. It's almost like learning to program again because it has a different syntax, a different philosophy and is something new.

ESUG 2010 Videos available

The videos from ESUG 2010 (Barcelona, Spain) are now available:

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Morphle and Siliconsqueak

There is a new startup company providing Seaside hosting and SiliconSqueak - a processor chip that will run almost all existing Squeak images without modification. It is a hardware "virtual machine".