[Newbies] Re: Squeak Guilt

Zulq Alam me at zulq.net
Tue Dec 16 14:28:06 UTC 2008

Hi Ryan,

How about taking some Java libraries relevant to your area of interest 
and porting them to Squeak/Smalltalk?

I've ended up using Python for most of my work because of the libraries 
available (BeautifulSoup is one). Although Python is OK, I would love to 
be working in a Smalltalk environment. To keep involved in 
Squeak/Smalltalk I have been porting some of the libraries that forced 
the decision. This meant reading and understanding a lot of relevant 
Python code and working in Squeak on something the community may find 
useful. It seems like a good compromise to me.

Now if only I had time to release something useable? ;)

- Zulq

Ryan Zerby wrote:
> I'm in a position where I want to learn Squeak/Smalltalk because it's
> cool, but I find myself thinking that I should spend my time working
> on something that might actually advance my career.  I used to be a
> Java Programmer, but am now a Build Engineer, so  I don't directly
> program anymore.  I feel that I should be keeping my Java skills up...
> but that just isn't as spiffy
> Anyone else in this boat? Is there a Squeak Support Group? A 12 step
> program?  Anyone have a good rationale why I can go ahead and spend my
> time on Squeak without feeling guilty? :) :)

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