[squeak-dev] SqueakMap for documentation?

Jeff G jgon.in.canada at gmail.com
Fri Feb 25 06:23:18 UTC 2011

As part of the increasing usability, I was wondering if Squeakmap offers a
way of removing any packages that you select.  I feel like having a way to
automate the removal of any packages installed would allow for safe
experimentation and go a long way to encouraging users to give it a try.
One of the great things about apt on Linux is that I can grab whatever
packages I want to experiment with and then remove them with no risk
afterwards.  I grabbed the OCompletion package the other night, but then it
struck me that if I want to roll back to an image without OCompletion I
wouldn't know where to start.  Perhaps I missed this option, but if it is
already implemented maybe it could be made a little bit more obvious.

On Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 10:12 PM, Chris Muller <asqueaker at gmail.com> wrote:

> As a demonstration, I threw together some (very) brief slides about
> Maui and slapped them up on SqueakMap.  Refresh your Catalog, then
> install the 'slides' release of the 'Maui' package in the Catalog.  My
> slide-presentation will pop-up on the desktop.
> To answer your question at a higher level, there are two parts to
> SqueakMap:
>  1) an elegant object model which is the catalog of Squeak packages.
> Each package has an OrderedCollection of Releases.  Each Release knows
> what version of Squeak it works in and other things too.  It also
> knows its #downloadUrl.
>  2) The #downloadUrl can refer to a file that is a file on an
> external web-site or a file on the SqueakMap web-site itself.  The
> important point is that it refers to a _file_ that SqueakMap gives to
> its own "SMInstaller" to install.  SMInstaller is not redundant with
> Installer.  SMInstaller installs several types of external files, such
> has human language files, for example.  But the most generally
> powerful one it can install is ".sar", which means Smalltalk Archive.
> A Smalltalk Archive is not only a way to publish MC-packages and
> st-scripts, but to also include any necessary resource files as well.
> My slide-presentation is just a .morph file, which I made by filing
> out the root Morph of the slide-presentation.  The resource files
> could just as easily be documents in any other format, graphics,
> movies, sound samples, entire databases, or even other Squeak images..
> I should mention, Squeak and Pharo include SARInstaller, out-of-the-box.
> This rawness is the beauty of SqueakMap:  it assures maximum
> compatibility and maximum flexibility without needing to reinvent
> anything.  It's a tool that allows us all to be publishers on a rich
> medium.  It's full access to the consumer's image (assuming security
> permissions are enabled in the VM, of course) where we can really
> showcase our ideas and projects using this great medium for doing just
> that; Squeak itself.  We should do it!
> I know SqueakMap has lost popularity because it has struggled with
> usability, but this has mostly been addressed:  I've recently added
> the Release editor for publishing load-scripts straight-away from the
> image, and for demos and documentation we have MaSarPackage which
> provides a nice GUI to generate the SAR's that install automatically..
>  - Chris
> On Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 3:32 PM, Ken G. Brown <kbrown at mac.com> wrote:
> > What would it take to get SqueakMap to work for documentation?
> >
> > Wouldn't it be nice if SqueakMap could become the first place to go to
> find documentation as well as program packages?
> >
> > Ken G. Brown
> >
> >
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