[Newbies] Fishing for a Masters Thesis Topic

Marcin Tustin mm3 at zepler.net
Wed Jun 13 08:08:17 UTC 2007

Consider something about how continuation-based frameworks/smalltalk are
more accessible to end users/allow them good scripting/customising times? Of
course, it would be difficult to find test subjects for this, and I don't
know how many credible office apps there are implemented in squeak. Of
course, that may be going over old ground.

Actually, the phrase that springs to mind is "ad hoc collaboration" - do
something about managing and supporting groups or individuals who need to
develop and document processes that they create and change on the fly.
Journal-based user interfaces? Of course, I suspect that you'll want to keep
your coding to a minimum, so you can focus on measuring results.

On 6/13/07, Robert Stehwien <rstehwien at gmail.com> wrote:
> I've been primarily a Windows C++ developer for 12 years with a little
> Java, Perl, Python, and lately Ruby along the way.  I've never looked
> at line of Smalltalk until recently.  But that all changed when I
> decided to get a Masters in CS and since a PhD isn't out of the
> question write a thesis.
> When asked by a co-worker what my thesis topic would be, I said "maybe
> something with peer-to-peer, gaming, collaborative environments, 3D,
> education, visual programming, interaction design, or languages" (big
> list I know but somewhat ordered).  I started digging around and
> noticed a pattern... Smalltalk, Squeak, Croquet, and Seaside kept
> coming up (although it took a little while to notice the mouse icon
> and 3d bunny.
> So I've ordered the book "Object Land", downloaded all the free books
> and Squeak (ordered the DVD too), and joined the list.  But I'm still
> having trouble narrowing down a thesis topic to present to my advisor
> (for adjustment I'm sure).
> Anyone have any suggestions for a thesis topic?  Maybe there is some
> part of Squeak that the community would like
> documented/researched/implemented.  P2P gaming/collaboration using
> Croquet sound interesting, but I'm pretty open for suggestions.
> Thanks,
> Robert
> PS: As a working C++ developer it will take a while for me to finish
> the thesis and my masters.
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