Nail Soup

Dave Lowry dave_and_laura_lowry at
Tue May 11 03:06:50 UTC 2004

On May 10, 2004, at 4:59 PM, John Maxwell wrote:

> Dave wrote:
>> That would be me; this is way over my head.  Somebody please explain
>> what Squat is all about and why it is Extremely Clever.  Thanks.
> Let me have a crack at this, because I'm new to this, but I think I 
> get it.
> If the original "Objects" idea was to divide the computer into 
> zillions of tiny computers, "each simulating a useful structure," then 
> this means that those 'zillions of tiny computers' don't even need to 
> be in the same box - they can be truly distributed. This concept has 
> been at least latent in Smalltalk (and the Internet, for that matter, 
> as I suppose Java and .NET are instantiations of this notion) from the 
> beginning. Squat makes it work in a very tiny package, leverages the 
> ubiquitous web as an on-ramp and then sets up a messaging system for 
> Squats to talk to one another.
> Please correct me if I'm misrepresenting this :-)
>  - John Maxwell
>    jmax at

Thanks, John, that was just right.


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