[Newbies] Hi squeak mailing list

Michael Rice limitcase at gmail.com
Sat Dec 10 15:39:05 UTC 2016

"I wonder how come this type of computing isn't the mainstream."

Short answer:

Smalltalk was left behind when computing moved on to the last big thing,
multiple CPUs, because of its near total dependency on "state" and the
difficulty of keeping track of it when it's ever-changing, with multiple
CPU threads are constantly and simultaneously either trying to change it or
requesting a copy of its current value. Think Black Friday at Walmart.
Unmanagable chaos.


On Sat, Dec 10, 2016 at 9:37 AM, blubee blubeeme <gurenchan at gmail.com>

> Hello
> I recently came across Alan Kay's talks on youtube, then that lead me to
> Dan Ingalls and looking at smalltalk, squeak and object oriented
> programming as thought up by Alan Kay in the 1960s.
> I wonder how come this type of computing isn't the mainstream. We've seen
> other OS pop up since then that were a lot less capable that got some
> mainstream success.
> It seems like this type of computing gets put in the kiddy corner and most
> people don't know about it or those who do kinda use it and sometimes
> people just don't seem to get it.
> Has anyone ever though about making a platform where squeak is customized
> to the hardware, something like android, iphone, bb10 and qnx, etc..
> Also if this is the wrong mailing list, can you point me at the correct
> mailing list for this discussion.
> Best,
> Owen
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