Making Squeak more accessible and used - reversing the trend
lecteur at zogotounga.net
Wed Feb 7 22:06:59 UTC 2007
Bill Schwab wrote:
> You seem to be making my point w/o realizing it. There is indeed no need for struggle (with our would-be users),
of course this is not the struggle I am talking about.
I'm talking about struggling to be popular. I just don't see the point.
But this is only personal, and I understand a lot of people want to make
it easier to do business with Squeak (that's what you call "realizing
it's potential" I guess); so let it be if enough developers are
motivated. I am not.
what I am interested into is keeping the true power of Squeak intact,
and have it grow. to me its potential is already realized (realized as
potential so to speak). if most "would-be users" don't see this power,
too bad for them. that's what I call elitism: people have to deserve a
profound and intelligent software such as Squeak by understanding its
true nature (and certainly there is a lot we could do to help them climb
the learning curve). this is true of any worthy art or science: you have
to study to master it.
now if Squeak is to become the next big thing that's fine. I certainly
do not "combat every attempt to provide OPTIONAL behavior" as you said
(how did you come to believe this ?).
what I'm saying is that maintaining and improving Squeak is already a
demanding task (actually just understanding it is already something :).
this requires work, intelligence and creativity, plus there are risks:
Squeak being a kind of living thing can become sick, it can also die. so
we need to take care of it. to me the rest is secondary.
well this is just my opinion. I have no idea how many people would agree...
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