[Newbies] Is Squeak/Pharo an appropriate language choice?

Louis LaBrunda Lou at Keystone-Software.com
Thu Oct 31 18:11:49 UTC 2013

Hi Charles,

You may want to cross post this on the main Squeak news group:
gmane.comp.lang.smalltalk.squeak.general where there are people that are
interested in non-beginner questions.

I don't have enough experience with Squeak/Pharo to give you an answer but
I'm interested in hearing the answer and in what your project is.


On Thu, 31 Oct 2013 10:51:49 -0700, Charles Hixson
<charleshixsn at earthlink.net> wrote:

>I'm contemplating a project that would benefit greatly by a persistent 
>memory image, though I'll eventually (in a year or so) need the 64-bit 
>image, but:
>The image will be a lot larger than RAM.  It would include a directed 
>graph that had an index of a million or so entries, and most nodes 
>wouldn't be indexed.  So in order to even load it would need to use some 
>sort of lazy access.  And I'm not even sure that a Dictionary of over a 
>million items is reasonable.  (Naturally none of the examples address 
>this problem.)
>Additionally, all of my (written) documentation is so old that it 
>doesn't even discuss multi-processor systems, so I don't know whether 
>modern Smalltalks make any use of additional available processors.
>I'd really like some advice, and possibly some references.  I know that 
>Smalltalk has the reputation for being slow (yes, I've been reading 
>about the recent speed-ups), but much of what I'd need to write in any 
>other language seems like it may already be present in Smalltalk, so if 
>it would work, I'd like to choose it.  But I won't be able to test this 
>until the application has been running for quite awhile, so I would be 
>very desirable that I know ahead of time.
Louis LaBrunda
Keystone Software Corp.
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