New to Squeak

Ken Causey ken at
Mon Jan 5 19:13:03 UTC 2004

On Mon, 2004-01-05 at 12:54, Adrian Cooper - Weft Hand wrote:
> Hi all,
> I hope this is the right place for my questions?  I apologise in advance if
> it is not.

Despite the name (squeak-dev) this is indeed the right place.  You might
also try the #squeak IRC channel ( ).

>   I am new to programming, I have dabbled with php server side
> scripting and Liberty Basic.  Next month I am due to start a 9 month course
> with the Open University, "M206 - Computing: An Object Oriented Approach"
> The language we will be using is Smalltalk.  I am just about getting my head
> around the whole OOP concept, but still have a way to go.
> I downloaded Squeak a couple of weeks ago (ver 3.6) and I am utterly
> fascinated by it but also find the interface and the myriad of tools a bit
> daunting.  I have been playing with it, but seem to be getting nowhere very
> fast.  My questions are:
> Are there any good tutorials on the web about Squeak 3.6, assuming that the
> user has little or no programming experience?

Answers to this and many of the following questions can be found by
spending some time with the primary squeak informational web site .  

> Are there any good books about Squeak that could be recommended?
> Are there any mailing lists or forums specifically for Squeak novices?
> Are the attachments from the list updates?  If so, how do I use them?  Do
> they pertain to ver 3.6.

Actual updates eventually make their way to the 'update stream' and you
can update any image by opening the 'Squeak' flap (usually at the left
of the window and sort of a dark orange-red) and clicking the 'load code
updates' button.

My one overall suggestion to you is to spend time with squeak and use
the various tools to examine existing code and objects in the image. 
It's all there.  In the end documentation in other forms suffers largely
because squeak code itself is so readable.  But of course learning to
read it does take some time (less than with most computer languages).


> I have used Google, but Getting hold of specific Squeak information is a bit
> hit and miss.  I really would like to learn a lot more about Squeak, any
> help would be appreciated.
> Kind regards
> Adrian Cooper
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