better or worse
nevin at bountifulbaby.com
Thu May 18 22:08:03 UTC 2006
>>In my opinion, the class library is as important as the vm and the
>>language syntax, and the culture is as important as the class library.
>> They have been developing continually. So, I do not think that
>>Smalltalk has ever been created. We can say when key ideas were
>>invented, but Smalltalk is much more than vm and classes as objects.
A "language" is a set of words, coupled with the meanings of those
words. This of a necessity includes the class library. See my post
(dated May 30, 2003) in this thread for a more thorough discussion:
And, as I mentioned in that thread:
*"If you do not consider the vocabulary words as provided in the typical
Smalltalk library as part of what defines the Smalltalk "language", then
typically the only remaining words are: true, false, self, super, nil,
and a handful of glyphs (such as [, ^, etc.). And, there really isn't
anything you can do with such a narrowly defined "language". I don't
think many of the folks reading this newsgroup would consider a language
that only has those half dozen or so words to be a dialect of Smalltalk. "
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