[Newbies] Re: General Questions to the Squeak Community

Michael Rice limitcase at gmail.com
Wed Aug 3 18:54:52 UTC 2016

Back in the late '80 everyone was waiting for Smalltalk, the exemplar
object-programming language.

If you want to know "what happened to Smalltalk" then google the preceding
quoted text. But that was then

This is now: the programming community has moved on to yet another panacea
-- functional programming, one that can take advantage of modern multi-core
processors, something for which Smalltalk, with its multitude of state
variables, was ill-suited.

That's the short story.

Functional is interesting. But having to rethink/restructure every problem
for it might have you asking, "I have to do all THAT to do what I want to

I wonder if anyone is working on a Smalltalk based functional programming
language as Richard Hickey was working on a Lisp based functional
programming language.


Just the other day I was wishing for a Clojure with mutable collections.

On Wed, Aug 3, 2016 at 11:00 AM, Joseph Alotta <joseph.alotta at gmail.com>

> >
> > 1. The community seems TINY for such a cool project. At this point it
> seems to mainly consist of people in academics and "old-timers" that have
> stuck around since a time when Squeak was more popular. Is this correct or
> am I maybe not looking in the right places?
> >
> > It seems a shame if such an amazing project were to die out because of
> lack of popularity, considering all the possibilities that this level of
> intractability with the programming environment enables.
> I’m trying to change that.  I’ve started a meetup group in the Chicago
> area for learning Squeak.  I am hoping to have a lot of young people get
> interested in it.
> I have programmed in many languages and I find smalltalk to be the easiest
> to read and understand.  I’ve written code in come languages, that 6 months
> later was completely foreign to me.  I couldn’t remember what I was
> thinking when I wrote it, nor even if I wrote it.
> With smalltalk, I don’t find that.  I actually enjoy programming.
> Sincerely,
> Joe.
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