[Newbies] Squeak vs. Smalltalk

Mark Volkmann mark at ociweb.com
Tue Apr 21 12:01:34 UTC 2009

On Apr 20, 2009, at 10:28 PM, David Mitchell wrote:

> Very trippy but sometimes frustrating to someone who
> just wants to build a CRUD GUI.

This was a key factor in me setting Squeak aside for a bit. I love the  
syntax of Smalltalk and the tools, but I was amazed at how difficult  
it was to build and deploy a simple GUI application. For example, I  
just wanted to build a GUI with a text field for entering a name and  
an OK button. When the button is pressed I wanted to display a dialog  
box that contains the text "Hello" and the name. The most frustrating  
parts were the layout of widgets and the packages of the application  
which involves a large number of steps.

A more recent concern for me is the lack of support for taking  
advantage of multi-core processors. I know someone is working on  
improving this.

I hope to return to using Smalltalk at some point.

Mark Volkmann

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