[Newbies] What makes Smalltalk different

Yoshiki Ohshima yoshiki at vpri.org
Tue Nov 22 17:48:28 UTC 2011

At Tue, 22 Nov 2011 12:35:28 +0100,
Bert Freudenberg wrote:
> It's true that superficially the Smalltalk GUI looks just like another IDE. No coincidence - Eclipse was originally written by Smalltalkers in Smalltalk. But there is the crucial difference that in regular IDEs you just manipulate text files. A text editor is a valid alternative for that. In Smalltalk, the GUI manipulates objects in memory. A text editor can not do that.

  Could this be "Visual Age for Java" rather than Eclipse?  (Eclipse
superceded VA for Java so transitively it could be true.)

  Back when I knew about Java but not Smalltalk, the files Visual Age
for Java installed on to my computer were very strange looking.
Later, I learned that these were Smalltalk files.^^;

-- Yoshiki

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