SM feature request :)

goran.hultgren at goran.hultgren at
Tue Jan 7 07:20:58 UTC 2003

Jimmie Houchin <jhouchin at> wrote:
> Hello,
> Recently reinstalled Debian to my home system. Downloaded and 
> reinstalled Squeak 3.2-6VM and 3.4beta image.
> Updated the system and am playing with SM.
> While looking at the packages one thing that seemed missing to me was 
> timestamps or date info. At least in the SM Package Loader and in the 
> SqueakMap Browser UIs, there is any information on when the package was 
> created or uploaded to SM.
> It would be nice, IMO, if there were a timestamp/date field to the 
> version in the view and possibly a timestamp/date history field to allow 
> an understanding of package activity. Also possibly an activity field 
> which is editable by author, etc. with entries like, very-active, 
> active, inactive...

Currently there is "created" and "modified" timestamps in the model. But
they aren't shown in the UIs. You can easily fix this by editing

In SM1.1 we will have releases and they will also have created/updated
fields (as they too are SMObjects) so then we will have even better
indication of activity.

I don't think I want to add an extra field that the author should edit -
simply because it will probably just "lie". Heuristics are better I
think. Freshmeat has a lot of this stuff btw, good place for
inspiration. Also note that I don't think this functionality belongs in
"core" SM - it is typically a layer that can be added on top if enough
"base data" is available in the model.

> Seems like it would help people in choosing packages. Would help decide 
> between similar packages. One looks featured and promising, but no 
> activity in some time, the other is very active and adding like features 
> but hasn't arrived.
> As SM gets more populated it seems like this would be a nice feature.
> Not trying to add to Göran's (et al) "got more than I can handle" 
> feature list. But just wanted to toss this one into the hat. :)

Got it. :-)

> Yes, I know CSes accepted. :)
> Wish I were able, hopefully someday.
> Thanks,
> Jimmie Houchin
> PS
> Thanks to everyone who contributes to Squeak.
> To me it is such a bright spot, a ray of sunshine in computing and keeps 
> me excited. :)

Agree fully.

regards, Göran

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