Morph Window -> Class? (was: [Newbies] error loading .pr

Milan Zimmermann milan.zimmermann at
Sun Apr 8 03:10:32 UTC 2007

On 2007 April 3 12:27, Bert Freudenberg wrote:
> On Apr 3, 2007, at 13:53 , Edgar J. De Cleene wrote:
> > The final product could have a "programmer mode" (Morphic)?
> Actually we do think about this, yes. Our original thinking was to
> avoid support issues - if we only expose etoys and not the Smalltalk
> browser, we only need to worry about etoys, and not about generic
> smalltalk stuff. Besides, the OLPC folks want kids to switch from
> Etoys to Python once they are older and we do not want to interfere
> with that goal.

How very disappointing .... this is not the first time I understand politics, 
not results, are driving the OLPC software future. So instead of "kids first" 
we will have "python first". There is of course, absolutely nothing wrong 
with competition, but for some to advocate Python to the point that others 
feel they need to step back and not do the best their language and 
environment can do, and hide it, that is wrong. (Especially without proven 
results in python based child education such as eToys have.)

In the 90's I often heard in business "we are a VB shop, so we do not do 
(Java, C++, whatever) projects" and I hated it, but to find it in a project 
that should be above this, that is sad.


> However, it would be a waste to completely hide the power of
> Smalltalk. We want to hide it a little bit so as to not confuse
> beginners, but it should be possible. There are problems however -
> etoys projects are not ideal for dealing with source code for one. So
> ideas and contributions are appreciated.
> > Could the Squeakland people have interest in OLPC to 3.10 and 3.10
> > to OLPC
> > way of loading things ?
> Interest yes, but we don't have any resources to spare for this,
> unfortunately.
> - Bert -
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