[Newbies] Speed

K. K. Subramaniam subbukk at gmail.com
Mon Nov 16 04:09:03 UTC 2009

On Monday 16 November 2009 07:07:56 am John Worden wrote:
> My
> question is whether people feel Squeak really is suitable for someone who
> just enjoys scripting simple programs?
Squeak is a scripting environment and there are many people who enjoy 
scripting in it, so if you are asking for a possibility the answer is Yes.

But the choice is very personal and depends on your approach to solving 
problems. Smalltalk does not have any layers/barriers and allows one to 
'tinker' freely. I also learnt (the hard way :-() that Squeak cannot be learnt 
easily from books because of their linear presentation styles. The best way to 
learn Squeak is to adopt a lateral, non-linear (as in Chess) and use Squeak 
itself as a living book.

BTW, the fact that you were able to drill down to a specific performance 
bottleneck so quickly shows the power of Squeak.


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