[squeak-dev] [ANN] Amber Smalltalk 0.9.1 is out!
petton.nicolas at gmail.com
Mon Jan 16 00:06:44 UTC 2012
About 4 moons have passed and Amber - the Smalltalk for the web - has
during that time moved forward quite a lot. Since the 0.9 release back
in september we have made about 250 commits and closed 52 issues of
about 75 reported during these months.
Now with over 43 forks on github and more than 230 followers the
...is live and kicking!
A lot of cool stuff is being done in those forks and not in the master
repository, like for example the gaming framework called Ludus by
...or Ambrhino by Stefan Krecher - Amber running in Rhino:
So, why would you take a look at Amber?
In our opinion Amber is perfectly positioned for the HTML5 onslaught
libraries! It's a *real* Smalltalk, the environment is all there
including Workspace, Transcript, Browser,
senders/implementors/references to class, TestRunner, Inspectors, code
editing with syntax coloring and a Debugger. There is no image or
interpreter, all compilation is incremental.
It is the assembler of the Internet and we love it for that, but we
don't want to write applications in it. Smalltalk is immensely cleaner,
both syntactically and semantically with a simple class model and a
lightweight syntax for closures. It is in many ways a perfect match for
And having a true live interactive incremental development environment
where you can build your application directly in the browser is
Below follows a summary of the major changes since release 0.9. We hope
you join us in developing Amber and having fun! Fork at github, join in
#amber-lang on freenode and hop onto the mailing list.
regards, Nicolas & Göran ...and a BIG thanks to everyone that are
involved in the project!
Here's a summary of changes since the 0.9 release:
- 80 new unit tests written
- 52 issues fixed
- All classes in Kernel-Objects, Kernel-Classes and Kernel-Methods has
- New documentation framework (see
- Better class organisations, "Kernel" package split into several
- First class packages have replaced class categories
- Internet Explorer 7+ compatibility
- New Announcement framework ported from Pharo
- New console-based REPL written in Amber using node.js
- Symbol class implemented together with object identity and #==
- New OrderedCollection and Set implementation
- Dictionary can now have any kind of object as keys. String-key
dictionary has been renamed HashedCollection
- New TwitterWall example
- Improved HTML Canvas, now compatible with IE7
- No more jQuery binding. Amber is fully capable of sending messages to
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