O'Reilly Squeak book?

Cees de Groot cg at cdegroot.com
Tue Apr 16 18:55:15 UTC 2002

Alan Kay <Alan.Kay at squeakland.org> said:
>Well, I think a rounded off cut a la "Stable Squeak" should be the 
>target, but with a nice list of minimal criteria for coverage of 
>multimedia, UI, etc. I'm sure that Ruby and REBOL continue to 
>progress, but just not as much out in the open as on the Squeak list. 
>This is where a "Stable Squeak" or "Squeak Foundation" would really 
>help, namely to put out a real release that satisfies "a list" and 
>that then can have a useful subset documented.
Even without SqueakF, a companion site could hold The Official Version
With The Book for all platforms. Between writing and publication, you'd
have a couple of months of testing, polishing, and making sure that a
really good version is made available there.

Furthermore, I think that a teaching (oops: learning) and reference
book on Squeak would have lots of stable places: Smalltalk seems to be
reasonably stable; if you've been taught the basics of EToys you wont'
really be surprised at what turns up in a later image. Also, it would
be relatively easy to plan writing according to a volatility scale, so
the stuff that's most likely to change is done latest (starting with,
say,  chapters on "history", "objects", "smalltalk the language" etcetera)

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