Squackers, Tenth-Birthday-of-Squeak edition - Fireworks!!
alan.kay at squeakland.org
Mon Oct 2 18:41:33 UTC 2006
And, for whatever it's worth, the 40th anniversary of "the shock of
objects" (at least to me) will be Nov 11th this year.
At 10:44 AM 10/2/2006, Dan Ingalls wrote:
>[sorry to be late in responding. I lost Squeak mail access for four days]
>Juan Vuletich <jvuletich at dc.uba.ar> wrote...
> >Let me thank you for Smalltalk and Squeak. Your works are a source
> of inspiration to me. I learn from your code. I keep re-reading
> "Design Principles Behind Smalltalk", and watching your lectures on
> video. I enjoy reading every message you send to this list.
> >I want to program like you. I want to write like you. I want to
> think like you.
> >I first read about Smalltalk in 1984, in one of the very first
> computer magazines I read. It was like scientifiction. I only found
> it again ten years later at the university. By then, I had been
> programming for ten years, and I was completely shocked by
> Smalltalk. In 1997 I knew about Squeak, and I got my first job in
> Smalltalk. After that, I never took a job on anything else. Your
> impact in my life hasn't diminished a bit since then.
> >I would really love to meet you at Squeak's birthday. I'm sure
> lots of us would but can't. I hope I'll be able to meet you and to
> thank you personally.
> >Happy birthday, Squeak!
>Your message warms my heart. Your experience is exactly what all of
>us who worked on Smalltalk and Squeak hoped for, and still hope
>for. I accept your thanks for my part -- I am honored. Let us not
>forget, though, that many people made Smalltalk and Squeak what it
>is. From Alan's first inspiration, through all the good work that
>made things practical, and all the cool hacks that have made it so
>much fun, it has been the work of many wonderful people including
>the good folks on this list (and you, too, Juan) that have made this
>such a rewarding project.
>I never meant to "take" the 10th birthday; I just felt like having
>a party, and Craig mentioned the 10 year coincidence. So happy 10th
>birthday to all Squeakers out there -- you are just as much a part
>of the celebration regardless of where you are.
> - Dan
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