Thursday, January 27, 2011

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Seaside at FOSSDEM

Stephan Eggermont and Willem van den Ende will demo Seaside at the FOSDEM meeting in Brussels, Belgium to free and Open Source developers. Read more here and the official site.

Seaside AJP Adaptor updated

Phillipe updated the AJP adaptor for Seaside. So if you already run Apache in front of your Seaside image feel free to update.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Monday, January 24, 2011

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Friday, January 21, 2011

Smalltalk and table-based hand gesture tracker

Nikolay plays with objects in Croquet island by using a table-based hand gesture tracker. Done in Smalltalk (what else). Time to buy a Multi-touch table and throw the PC keyboard away ;)

Some more automated Seaside testing

Tony has posted some more infos on how he tests his Seaside app using
Soup and ZinkHTTPComponents.

"I found that if I write the tests at the same time as I code the forms, this all goes pretty fast. The advantage is that instead of using the browser for minutes to manually test the few things that I think I might have affected, I can run a whole regression suite in a few seconds."

Yes, Smalltalk makes this possible and the interesting part is that you can even do this in an XPStyle (write the test first and then create the #renderXX: methods for the seaside components).

CampSmalltalk wiki

Instantiantions has set up a new CampSmalltalk wiki. Joachim knows more.

The old wiki is not available anymore (since around 2007), but fortunately there is a way back machine archive.

So one can even find the first CampSmalltalk pictures from 2000 in San Diego (my first US visit)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

JUnit removed from NetBeans?

Looks like Oracles lawyers check the license of NetBeans code. It may be possible that JUnit is removed from the standard Netbeans installation if it doesnt change its license.

Another crazy story of lawyers and software.

Kent Beck already responded and a former Sun employee suggested to keep the current license model to "keep Oracle's aggressiveness in check". Interesting times ...

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Kinect and EToys

Beside Scratch there is now also an interface to Kinect for Etoys in Squeak:


Pharo 1.3 started

Pharo 1.2 (on top of the already read 1.2 core) is nearly finished. Time to already start a 1.3 core.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Xtreams up to date

Martin provides an up to date port of Xtreams for Pharo/Squeak. It now matches the docs and VW version better.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Virtual environment creation for Gemstone/Seaside

Vagrant is a tool for building and distributing virtualized development environments. It helps you automate virtual machine creation using Oracle’s VirtualBox (which I use to manage my virtual computers)

There is now a new tutorial from John Thornton available that will setup a Vagrant VM and install GemStone and SeaSide 3.0 on it. Read more.


Monday, January 10, 2011

Connecting Scratch with Kinect

Kinect is a great add-on for the XBox 360. New hardware to connect to your Smalltalk system ...

Stephen Howell shows how he connects Kinect to the Scratch application (which is written in Squeak Smalltalk):

- video
- blog

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Pharo and Amazon S3

Sven announced an Amazon AWS S3 Client written in Pharo Smalltalk. Read more here.

Custom Windows styles in CLFramework for Pharo

Gerard (aka nullPointer) now finally I implemented the posibility of create a custom windows in CLFramework (a UI builder framework for Pharo)


Monday, January 03, 2011


Year 2011 B.C. and Java is still fighting with hotswap. Why not choose Smalltalk ;) - Seaside and JQuery widget boxes getting live

Nick Ager is one of the contributors to the JQueryWidgetBox project for Seaside. I created the widget box project back in October 2009 to bring more interactive web applications by wrapping jquery widgets in Smalltalk code and using them in seaside applications.

Looks like in 2010 Nick also developed a new site using Seaside and the widget box:

getitmade was founded by Rob Dobson and Nick Ager to satiate their frustration at the difficulty of getting stuff made.

Nice to see the stuff actually in production use! Really cool.

Seaside in the cloud - a free EC2 micro instance

Amazon has a new offer of a free micro instance for a year. Nice.

Nick provides a video on how to deploy your Seaside application for free with an EC2 micro instance and Gemstone. Here are the detailed instructions.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Smalltalk and Music

The Cyclades project, a project led by a team of researchers and composers from the Geneva University of Music (Hes-So) in partnership with Pharo's developers.

The purpose of their research is to conceive and create ways of representing several different elements of the structure or texture of music by using any kind of rendering computers can provide. Code and programs will be implemented in Pharo. Nice!

They also provide a one click image.