[Newbies] Re: General Questions to the Squeak Community
limitcase at gmail.com
Wed Aug 3 18:54:52 UTC 2016
Back in the late '80 everyone was waiting for Smalltalk, the exemplar
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
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.
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