SqueakMap Package Loader UI
water at tunes.org
Wed Nov 22 01:35:20 UTC 2006
I spent yesterday evening demo'ing Squeak to a fellow who works with
EdUbuntu and OLPC since he wanted to write his educational software
in Squeak to save space on the laptop. His kids were there and really
got into it after some of the capabilities were made more obvious.
I got some great feedback, and it's always cool for me to show off
Squeak games (the RTS that Eddie Cottongim made years ago is perhaps
the best of the non-EToys style) and coding to kids, since I don't
regularly work with them and most developers are such sticks-in-the-
mud about the weird UI.
Anyway, it occurred to me that just a little bit of effort in the UI
design department would quickly improve Squeak's draw. Since I know
the SqueakMap package loader and it's Squeak's gateway to the
community for newbies as they start up Squeak (or should be), I
I've added some buttons to a toolbar at the top and stole
MessageNames' search bar to be more clear about the UI.
Current Screenshot (doesn't reflect help-balloon cleanups):
With a filter on:
These are only incremental changes, since I don't want to take on a
huge-scope project, and don't own this and other packages, so a huge
fork would be politically difficult. The best application code I
found for Morphic UI was actually the IRC client, although it is a
What do people think of this idea? Particularly the package owners,
like Göran, but also whoever is "in charge" of the overall UI face of
Squeak (that is, whoever would complain loudest if I wanted to
totally re-arrange the world menus).
Also, which projects make this kind of effort obsolete or easier? I
know about and like the Services/Commands framework and UI, and
Tweak's menubar system, but don't know what they seek to replace.
What I don't know is whether there is a simple menu-bar or other such
system for easily setting up some shared-styled UI features that get
the salient features right in front of the user instead of burying
them in context menus.
Okay, I'll stop here for now. Feedback welcome!
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