[Squeakland] Doing a presentation of Squeak with Squeak as a presentation tool

Alan Kay alan.kay at squeakland.org
Mon Feb 26 05:57:06 PST 2007

Hi Hilaire --

Yes, I have given every one of my presentations since about 1998 only 
using Squeak. And, I mostly use the ThreadNavigator to sequence 
through sorted projects. This allows me to have an image with many 
projects in them and to make up a thread for each talk. Sometimes I 
will use a BookMorph in a project.

I don't use templates, but templating should be there in a more 
complete way than it is. Scott Wallace did quite a bit of work many 
years ago to investigate better template mechanisms that would do 
quite a bit more than Hypercard, but they only work in BookMorphs. We 
had planned to merge BookMorph pages and Projects but the lack of 
funds after 2001 prevented it. Your method of saving a template as a 
project and reloaded is the best way to go now.

It is not possible to merge two projects (and it's not completely 
clear what that would mean in all cases). Why not just have the 3rd 
party project be one of the projects in your presentation and go to 
it in sequence? That's what I do.

In any case, now that we have a little more funding, we are working 
on a better project architecture which will at least have a good 
template mechanism and (probably) allow very simple merging.



At 03:01 AM 2/26/2007, Hilaire Fernandes wrote:
>For an event about ICT and education, I was asked to present Squeak
>usage in education (http://www.28mars.org). It seems interesting to use
>Squeak to present itself.
>The thread navigator seems to be the appropriate tool to do so.
>I am wondering two things:
>- How is it possible to create a template slide/project then duplicate
>it to create additional slides? At worst the template can be save in a
>project file then reload each time an additional slide is needed.
>- More important, to illustrate with real contents, I need to add in
>some of my slides third party squeak-projects (ie project created by
>kids and teachers). Is it possible to merge two different projects? I
>would like the third party project to be part of the slide, and not just
>   a small windows I can jump into.
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