Ometa (was Re: [squeak-dev] The 2011 Squeak board election)

Hannes Hirzel hannes.hirzel at
Tue Mar 29 16:19:46 UTC 2011


On 3/29/11, Bert Freudenberg <bert at> wrote:
> On 29.03.2011, at 15:48, Nikolay Suslov wrote:
>> Hello,
>> On Tue, Mar 29, 2011 at 2:30 PM, Hannes Hirzel <hannes.hirzel at>
>> wrote:
>> Nikolay,
>> Another question: You want to make OMeta part of Squeak?
>> Could you please elaborate a bit more about the examples you mention?
>> You could find a lot of information at VPRI wiki. There is the "Text Field
>> Spec for LObjects" project, which was announced in 2010 here:
>>, basing on the
>> "Mochi" system, as Ted Kaehler said: "It has many half-finished
>> experiments in it, and a fair amount of just plain wreckage".

Do you think to use this as a base to develop a word processor in
Squeak, or a desktop publishing system, or to revive the 'Dynabook
dynamic essay' idea?

>> there are many of working OMeta's examples for Squeak (ForAll language,
>> SpecParser, Nile), Worlds are also presented there and it is an updatable
>> image.

Could you specify the links more precisely?

Another is Yoshiki's SqueakBootStrapper image with
>> BootStrapEncoder/parser and of course: OMeta/JS wiki.
>> Now thinking, that we need to ask the VPRI team for official permission on
>> using and experimenting with these stuff in Squeak, especially concerning
>> to the image side parts of "Mochi" system. Bert, may be you could bring
>> some clearance on this, please?
> It's released under MIT, which means you don't need to ask specific
> permission (but note that I am only a contractor to VPRI, cannot speak for
> them).

This is a lot -- where you do think you would like to focus on?


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