[Newbies] Scratch questions

karl karl.ramberg at comhem.se
Wed Aug 29 05:57:42 UTC 2007

Alex Rice wrote:
> Hi All, i am pretty new around here. Glad to see Squeak is so active still.
>  I have been looking at new Squeak apps like Sophie and Scratch.
> pretty cool! makes me want to learn Smalltalk.  Out of curiosity I
> have read some of the FAQs about how to deploy a Squeak application. i
> understand about image files,  the VM, and the basics.
>  I was wondering about Scratch in particular. It seems really nicely
> done. i am impressed because it's so nice looking and it launches
> really fast too.
> 1) How do they get it to launch so fast? It launches in <1 second on
> my system. In comparison,  Squeak 3.9 takes like 15 seconds to launch.
> Sophie takes about 6 seconds. Why the disparity between these 3
> examples?
Squeak 3.9 and Sophie uses other font rendering which could slow start 
up time.
Sophie uses Tweak which is another GUI.
Scratch is built in Squeak 3.4.
> 2) The Scratch user interface is attractive and responsive. Is that
> Morphic, or MVC or some other UI toolkit?
Scratch is morphic.
> Thanks,
> Alex Rice
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