[squeak-dev] Re: Perl is to CPAN as Squeak is to (what)?

Randal L. Schwartz merlyn at stonehenge.com
Thu Jun 26 21:26:46 UTC 2008

>>>>> "Ralph" == Ralph Johnson <johnson at cs.uiuc.edu> writes:

Ralph> A "feature" of Squeak that might differentiate it from perl is that
Ralph> there are many versions of Squeak.  Packages that work with one image
Ralph> might not work with another.  So, if you are using 3.8 then you do not
Ralph> necessarily want the latest version of some package if that package
Ralph> only works in 3.9 or 3.10.   PU addresses this problem by having a
Ralph> different Universe for each version of the image, though I think there
Ralph> is currently a Universe only for 3.9 and 3.10.  Even if the code for
Ralph> PU could run in earlier images, it isn't useful until someone builds a
Ralph> Universe for it.

It would be nice if it would work like SM where SM at least says "this
might break", and lets you try anyway.

I think the UI for PU is also pretty "early", to put it nicely.  At least
I can *search* in SM!

Maybe PU is the closest to CPAN we have.  So the question is, do we keep
mutating PU into what I'm looking for?  Or do we first need to agree that the
CPAN might be a pretty darn good model?

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