[squeak-dev] Squeak Community Hangout - some notes

Chris Cunnington smalltalktelevision at gmail.com
Fri Nov 2 19:15:34 UTC 2012


The meeting was attended by: Bert, Tim, Casmiro, Chris M., Chris C., 
Colin, Yoshiki, Craig, and Colin.

Colin wondered about reifying interfaces and a tool for revealing 
protocols as they are actually used.
Bert went to OOPSLA in Tuscon, Ariz. where there was a lot of talk about 
JavaScript, Potsdam Squeakers had two presentations, Dave Smith 
presented his Virtual World Framework, and Rob Pike did a presentation 
on Go.
Andrew Black is working a new teaching language called Grace.
Colin mentioned a new language called Julia.
Chris M. asked what the holy grail of programming was and why Croquet 
wasn't a wider success.
OpenCobalt sounds stalled as Matthew Fulmer graduated and got a job.
One of the topics discussed around Croquet was market position: what is 
this tool for? It was discussed that a simple, clear tool with a 
specific niche, an obvious problem could out-market a general tool, a 
ball of potential.
Colin said that DabbleDB had some of that problem. It was great 
technology, but didn't connect as soundly with given domains (i.e. 
planning a wedding)
Tim talked about how he's networked his house: his lights have switches 
similar (if not actually from) Insteon.
Discussion of the Raspberry Pi computer and its low price point 
reemerged. Tim pointed out that the RiscOS now runs on the R. Pi computer.


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