Monday, March 24, 2014

Any progress?

Found this quote on twitter:

"meanwhile Oracle is making Java slowly, slowly look more like Smalltalk. We'll probably get there by 2080"

I have a similar impression. For example in Java 8 you can now write:

"HelloWorld".chars().forEach(each -> System.out.println((char)each));

compared to Smalltalk:

'HelloWorld' do: [:each | Transcript show: each ]

I think this was possible back in 1972 with Smalltalk-72 already.

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