[squeak-dev] The Analyst

Tim Johnson digit at sonic.net
Fri Aug 12 01:58:32 UTC 2022

On 2022-08-11 17:44, tim Rowledge wrote:
> A long time ago in a galaxy far away, there was a Smalltalk
> application called... The Analyst.
> There is a movie intro (I feel like it must have been posted by
> Yoshiki but can't find any evidence right now) at
> https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2r8HZ9OGhszUmtoaHg0QklKVDg/view?pref=2&pli=1&resourcekey=0-bAOqlyrlSVKNPeRhugSiSg
> There is a copy of a working ancient 16bit image - and a load of other
> useful info, including a 16 bit VM - at
> https://github.com/devhawala/ST80 Seems like it might make an
> interesting project to extract the ideas and re-implement.

In line with this... I've been loading all the Smalltalk code from 
Xanadu/Udanax Gold into Squeak since about Feb '21.  Some tests are 
passing.  Maybe I'll present at Argentina '22.  :)


"At the time we originally built Udanax Gold, there were no decent 
object platforms for delivering large object-oriented servers. There was 
not even any one workable choice of language! Smalltalk was a great 
development language, but the only decent Smalltalk platform at the time 
-- the one from ParcPlace -- had a fatal runtime license fee. C++ was a 
plausible delivery platform, but had no decent programming environments. 
So we developed in Smalltalk and automatically translated to C++.

There were no available adequate persistent object systems, distributed 
object-message systems, or incremental-generation collectors suitable 
for running a server. All this we built ourselves."

Tim J

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