[squeak-dev] Smalltalk Zoo: 48 Years of Smalltalk History at CHM

tim Rowledge tim at rowledge.org
Fri Dec 18 23:33:54 UTC 2020

> On 2020-12-18, at 3:30 PM, Frank Lesser <frank-lesser at lesser-software.com> wrote:
> Smalltalk - 48 years - can't find the origin of the name - duckduckgo-ing it.
> IMO know it well  - but didn't find the explanation why it was named Smalltalk

The story I've always heard is that it was a reaction to the grandiose naming of projects that massively over-promisesd and under-delivered. Jove! GargantuaMegaVictory! GigaProfitDB! etc... Smalltalk, the light chit-chat at parties seemed nicely innocuous and unthreatening. 

Plus I'd imagine that the 'talk' nicely includes the essence of message sending and thus had a nice rigng to it.

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