[Newbies] Polymorph (formerly UIEnhancements) [was: Squeak Guilt]

Klaus D. Witzel klaus.witzel at cobss.com
Wed Dec 17 10:45:57 UTC 2008

On Tue, 16 Dec 2008 21:43:41 +0100, Claus Kick wrote:

> Klaus D. Witzel wrote:
>> On Tue, 16 Dec 2008 20:50:58 +0100, Claus Kick wrote:
>>> Mark Volkmann wrote:
>>>> That sounds great for applications with a web interface, but I wish    
>>>> there was a more attractive, easier way to do the same thing with    
>>>> Squeak-based non-web applications.
>>> I think that is mainly a problem of Squeak though, not Smalltalk in   
>>> general. I fully agree though, the UI system of Squeak is just not  
>>> good.
>>   Does it just look not good to you (have you checked   
>> UI-Enhancements/Polymorph) or what part of it do you mean?
> No, I have yet to check Polymorph. I must be blind, but I dont see it on  
> SqueakMap - where is it?

Polymorph (formerly UIEnhancements) is mentioned here,


> Other than the looks, I do not like the "feeling", the speed, the  
> absence of native widgets (why do everything yourself? you have an OS to  
> participate from!)

I'd appreciate your feedback on polymorph (feeling, widgets, "native",  


> I know, even Cincom canned their "first new owner-drawn system, then on  
> top of that native widgets if the platform allows"-Projects  
> (Pollock/Panda/Chagall). Having worked a bit in that direction, I also  
> know how tedious or more likely impossible a task this is.
> Still, one has dreams or graphics contexts being written to the GPU  
> directly ... hm, sounds like OpenGL, doesnt it?

"If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it".  
Albert Einstein

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