Smalltalk: Requiem or Resurgence? {Dr. Dobb's Journal(05/06/06) Chan, Jeremy}

Ramon Leon rleon at
Tue May 16 16:19:32 UTC 2006

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> One issue I continue to face in trying to get Squeak to be a 
> viable solution at my workplace is that Squeak does not 
> integrate with the common idioms of the day very well.
> For instance, Squeak doesn't support SSL and HTTPS.
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> Interesting you mention this.  I was recently searching for 
> Squeak/OpenSSL integration, and found some mention of a 
> plugin (not obvious how to get it though), that something 
> similar is present in Croquet.
> Socket and server socket classes for OpenSSL, and associated 
> streams would be most welcome.  IMHO, it would be best to 
> dynamically link to the OpenSSL binaries where possible.  
> Whether that is done via FFI or
> LoadLibrary() etc. in the various VMs is unclear to me.
> Bill

SSL is done quite easily with Squeak using stunnel.  I was doubtful
myself till I tried it, but it works great.  With solutions like stunnel
and apache so easily plugged in, I can see why no one ever bothered to
re-implement them in squeak, it's just not worth the effort.

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