[squeak-dev] Re: Newspeak GSoC?

Janko Mivšek janko.mivsek at eranova.si
Sun Mar 7 09:03:37 UTC 2010

Hi guys,

I'm in favor to invite Newspeak under this year GSoC umbrella, specially
for projects which will get Newspeak and Smalltalks closer together,
like code exchange ones, maybe even Monticello/Metacello on Newspeak?
Also portability libraries like Sport/Grease, actually everything which
eases portability of code between us.

That way Newspeak ideas will be known better and can be adapted in
future Smalltalks, and vice versa, Newspeak can profit from wast amount
of existing Smalltalk code.

What do other Newspeakers and Smalltalkers think about that?

Best regards
GSoC co-admin

On 07. 03. 2010 02:54, Gilad Bracha wrote:
> Josh,
> Thanks for the thought.   I can certainly mentor such work - I'm already doing this with a number of Masters students. That said, I  have no idea if the ESUG community cares to include Newspeak related stuff in its list of projects.  My honest impression is that Newspeak doesn't really appeal to the Smalltalk community, though I'd love to be proven wrong. 
> One reason for this apparent lack of interest is that might be the fact that Newspeak is not really a Smalltalk dialect.  It's more of a Smalltalk descendant. It is quite easy to migrate from Smalltalk to Newspeak however; we've done that with a substantial body of code (most of the Strongtalk version of the blue book libraries, our own GUI and IDE code and a few other things) and the result is generally better than the original because of Newspeak's modularity properties.
> On Mar 6, 2010, at 5:18 PM, Josh Gargus wrote:
>> Since ESUG is going to act as the umbrella organization for GSoC projects in all Smalltalk dialects, perhaps this offers an opportunity for Newspeak to recruit some labor?
>> Cheers,
>> Josh
> Cheers, Gilad

Janko Mivšek
Smalltalk Web Application Server

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