[squeak-dev] Location-Aware Networks, Context and Business-Intelligence

Frank Shearar frank.shearar at gmail.com
Fri Apr 27 19:45:13 UTC 2012

On 26 April 2012 17:56, Chris Muller <ma.chris.m at gmail.com> wrote:
> If anyone is interested in a story about Squeak being used in real
> business today, the slides for my STIC 2012 talk are available on
> STIC's website.
>    http://www.stic.st/conferences/stic12/stic12-abstracts/location-aware-networks-context-and-business-intelligence/
> It's an experience report about an upgrade to 4Dst's "Awareness
> Engine" product, a Squeak-based telephone switching system which they
> market.  In 2011, a GIS module plug-in was integrated into the
> application to provide regional call routing capability to this
> production system which has been running continuously since 2009.
> What's not mentioned in the talk is that we simultaneously upgraded
> the underlying Smalltalk platform from Squeak 3.9 to 4.2 (a
> significant improvement).  Squeak's practical attitude about
> backward-compatibility proved to be very business-friendly -- the
> upgrade was completed rapidly and implemented into production without
> issues.

Thank you very much for the slideshow, Chris.

I knew 4Dst was one of the very few Smalltalk-using companies in South
Africa (I know of only one other - FinWorks - and a handful of others,
scattered from Rand Merchant Bank), but I had no idea they/you were
doing such sophisticated stuff. Nice!


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