[squeak-dev] what is holding back Smalltalk?

Emilio Oca eoca at afip.gov.ar
Fri Nov 21 13:52:30 UTC 2008

> -----Mensaje original-----
> En nombre de Michael van der Gulik
> On Fri, Nov 21, 2008 at 12:02 PM, Mark Volkmann <mark at ociweb.com> wrote:
>   I don't have a lot of experience with Smalltalk yet, but I really
>   love what I've seen so far.
>   I'm curious what experienced Smalltalkers see as some of the reasons
>   why it doesn't attract more attention. I understand the issues with
>   Smalltalk in the past related to license costs and performance, but
>   those have been addressed now. Have you tried to convince someone to
>   consider Smalltalk and failed to convince them?Why do you think they
>   rejected it? What improvements could be made to current Smalltalk
>   environments, especially Squeak, that might sway them?
> I'd like to ask how Ruby on Rails got so popular, and what makes it
different from Squeak?
> Gulik.

Something to consider is that Ruby enthusiast are happy to say aloud that
they are using Ruby.
But big players keep under tight secret what they consider a key advantage
over it's competitors. Even making it's vendors sing not to tell anybody.
We (me and my smalltalk friends developers) always suspected that. Now I
I you've been at Smalltalks 2008 (Argentina), You now know too ;)



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