Good, thorough Smalltalk reference

Blake blake at
Tue Jan 17 19:20:38 UTC 2006

On Tue, 17 Jan 2006 08:15:29 -0800, stéphane ducasse  
<ducasse at> wrote:

> I do not really think that so much is changing.
> 	Traits: you do not have to talk about them
> 	method annotation: same here
> 	bugs fixes:
> 	MC and packages
> So for the good style part I do not see why squeak is changing.

Well, I think Traits are pretty important. They have the power to cause us  
to reform our thinking much in the way OO did. Maybe start with OO but  
ultimately work our way into traits.

The Tweak vs. Morphic thing is significant, too. People like to have, you  
know, user interfaces.<s> Someone here mentioned that some of the  
available stuff ends without ever leaving the transcript.

Oh, and filtered browsers--somebody mentioned the idea of seeing a limited  
subset of classes in the browser. One of my personal principles (when it  
comes to writing educational stuff) is to expose the reader to as little  
stuff outside of his level as possible. (This gets harder and harder the  
way most modern systems are headed. dot-NET is so loaded to the gills with  
crap, code-folding becomes an absolute necessity.) Anyway, it's a bit  
overwhelming to go into the Squeak browser and see everything ever written  
by anybody there.<s>

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