[squeak-dev] Clamato & jQuery (was Re: <script language="smalltalk">)

Colin Putney colin at wiresong.com
Fri Nov 26 16:51:56 UTC 2010

On Fri, Nov 26, 2010 at 3:02 AM, Diogenes Moreira
<diogenes.moreira at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi and I'm sorry for this comment in the middle of conversation
> Any wrapper ST to JS, may be a good approach and partial solution, but
> alway the programmer need think i this fact.
> And ST without real closures and it context, is such as dancing with
> your sister. You loose something.

Agreed. Javascript has real closures (and so does Clamato), but
Javascript is not as powerful as Smalltalk, no doubt about it.

To have no-compromises support for <script language="smalltalk"> is an
enormous task, both technically and socially. It's basically
impossible. Even Microsoft wasn't successful in getting people to
adopt VBScript.

Personally, I've decided to just bite the bullet and write the
simplest, plainest Javascript that I can, cumbersome as that can be. I
think Clamato is about as close as we can realistically get to
Smalltalk in the browser, and for me the benefits don't quite outweigh
the costs. YMMV.


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