[squeak-dev] All-In-One distribution (was: Changing the Trunk version from 6.0alpha to 5.2alpha)

David T. Lewis lewis at mail.msen.com
Sat Jun 2 02:39:35 UTC 2018

On Fri, Jun 01, 2018 at 01:01:31PM -0300, Germ??n Arduino wrote:
> 2018-06-01 9:33 GMT-03:00 David T. Lewis <lewis at mail.msen.com>:
> > On Fri, Jun 01, 2018 at 12:50:08AM -0700, John Pfersich wrote:
> > > Smalltalk is a hobby; I haven???t had an offer for Smalltalk work since
> > 2005.
> > >
> >
> > >> As with you, Smalltalk is a hobby for me.
> >
> I should have realized this before and then I would not have wasted 20
> years with Smalltalk, who barely bought me a cup or two of tea :(

You should think twice about this. If you thought that Smalltalk was going
to make you rich, then you are probably a sad and disappointed person. If
you thought that Smalltalk might be a tool to help you think clearly and
explore new ideas, then you may be a happy and satisfied person.

I don't know if anyone will ever make any money by being happy and satisfied,
but I can say that in my own experience that the learning that I have done
with Squeak has been a big part of enabling me to make a decent income in
the last 10 or 15 years of my professional life.

To put it in more concrete terms: I do systems integration work for a
manufacturing company, and this involves (among other things) some custom
software development (not Squeak, not Smalltalk). I am good at what I
do, and I get paid for it. A significant part of the "I am good at what
I do" aspect is attributable to Squeak, or more specifically the learning
that I have derived from Squeak.

So I am a happy "hobby" Smalltalker. I make zero income from Squeak, but I
can honestly tell you that a good deal of my actual professional income
is supported by my hobby.



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