HORonT at Earthlink.net
Sat Oct 1 02:25:50 UTC 2005
I've been lurking a bit. I just through I'd poke my head up and say hello.
I've been doing smalltalk programming for 9 years, was principal software
engineer for HealthObjects writing institutional pharmacy software in VW.
I'm working on a new project now and we are thinking of doing it all in
squeak. I've been poking around and I have to say squeak is very nice.
Hats off to everyone that has been working on squeak. You should all be
I've been reading up on your squeak foundation issues. My opinion is that
there is no reason that the squeak foundation could not be as big as SUN.
My biggest argument so far to support Java has been the corporate support
for the platform, the amount of development underway, and the number of
large corporations that support it. I'm amazed at the level of acceptance
The foundation needs very experienced business people, some promotions and
education focused to encourage corporate acceptance, and a solid and growing
user community producing a strong capable business development platform. We
all know that smalltalk is just as capable (if not more) but the business
world, and it's consultants like Gartner Group, sees us as risky.
What I think is really funny is that most of the smalltalk to Java
conversions that I've heard about have failed, and secret support of
smalltalk is on the rise. The time is right for something big to happen in
the smalltalk community. Croquet could be that big thing, it sure looks
interesting. What ever the big thing is, whether it's the foundation, or
some really cool software, hopefully it will encourage those that believe in
smalltalk and the companies that depend on it to say so.
Ok so back to lurking,
President / Principal Software Engineer
US Medical Record Specialists
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