[ANN] relief: a demo of a minimal Squeak installer/starter

Craig Latta craig.latta at netjam.org
Wed Feb 12 08:08:35 UTC 2003


	Please take a look at:


It shows how you can start Squeak by simply visiting a web page. I'd
love to hear comments!

	It only works on win32 currently. I was going to wait until I'd ported
it to all the other Squeak host platforms before mentioning it, but what
the heck. :) I expect someone else to have done this within ten minutes.

	The act of visiting the page invokes Alejandro's "fractal plants"
snapshot locally, with PhiHo Hoang's modular version of the virtual
machine ("MobVM"), via an automatically-run loader of size 24KB (a very
portable 200-line C program).

	I can imagine an extensible image starting up instead; I don't think
there'd be much more time or space involved. I think something like this
demo should be how Squeak is distributed and activated. I think it'd be
a lot easier for neophytes to deal with than the current mechanisms,
since it hides all the platform-specific details of archival, transfer,
and execution behind a web page hit. 

	It's called "relief" in commemoration of the way I feel when Squeak
starts and the host platform vanishes. :) 

	I did this work as part of a larger effort to produce a minimal
snapshot (it's my current role as a Squeak "Guide"). That project is
called "squat" (as in the American expression "diddly-squat", meaning
nothingness :). If you have an interest in minimal snapshots, please
join the Squat mailing list; see


	I'm hoping to capitalize on the current flurry of energy here on the
main list. :)



Craig Latta
improvisational musical informaticist
craig at netjam.org
Smalltalkers do: [:it | All with: Class, (And love: it)]

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