[Newbies] A question of Squeak

Offray Vladimir Luna Cardenas offray.luna at javeriana.edu.co
Thu Nov 1 02:50:59 UTC 2007

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David Corking wrote:
> On 10/27/07, Offray Vladimir Luna Cardenas wrote:
>> Hi All and thanks Edgar, David and Karl for your answers,
> Edgar must have replied privately - I didn't see it.
>> The person who made the question is one of my students. I invited him to
>> ask here because I believe that becoming part of a community of practice
>> is the best way to learn (well was nice to know that this "intuition" is
>> deeply studied in the book Communities of Practice by Etienne Wenger).
> Some people don't like to answer schoolwork questions on mailing
> lists, but as long as it is encouraged by the teacher it is ok with
> me.
> Luis - Next time it might help if you explain more detail about your
> project in the first mail.  But don't worry, I think this is what the
> Newbies mailing list is for.
> There is a BotsInc mailing list at:
> http://smallwiki.unibe.ch/botsinc/community/

Well, we try our best before asking on the mailing list, but I don't see
this learning process as a different one from the people who is learning
from questions that emerged in their own research project instead of
classroom projects. Classroom is too far away from community, so the
idea is to make a bridge.

>> With your help we finally found our way to make the Bots look like
>> anything we want. The idea is that we made the dress for the Bot in an
>> external program (inkscape, to have a freely scalable image), export to
>> png and after that this code make the conversion the work:
>> | unaForma prueba |
>> unaForma := ImageReadWriter formFromFileNamed: 'cactus.png'.
>> prueba := FileStream newFileNamed: 'cactus', '.frm'.
>> unaForma storeOn: prueba.
> Thanks for sharing your code.  It doesn't work for me - but I will
> play with it as a learning exercise.
> I think 'costume' is a better English word than 'dress' :)

Thanks... I remembered that it was something like "custom", but when I
search I didn't find the proper word. Thanks :)... mailing list are my
main way to learn english until now. I don't know why your method did
not work. Are you using the Bots Inc image? what is your error message?

>> We are, as always, creating our organic memory in Eduwiki:
>> http://eduwiki.info/Dramabotica/Escenarios
>> http://eduwiki.info/Dramabotica/Dialogos
> Good - I wish I could read Spanish!

Well, I would like to have a better English also ;)

> You could always ask the author - Stephane - it was his idea to make
> 'Squeak by Example' free, as far as I know.  But the Robots book is
> still in print, so I expect his publisher won't let him make it free.
> (I think Apress publish one or two freely distributable books - but I
> think that is negotiated before publication.)
> Did you start translating 'Squeak by Example'?

Yep. Well, at this moment I'm more in the infrastructure part, because I
want to use bazaar or some distributed control system instead of
subversion for translation, so I'm trying to convert the subversion
LaTeX sources to bazaar (with no much success now, but I have a clue
about what's wrong).


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