[squeak-dev] [vwnc] [PDFtalk] Porting the library to non-namespace Smalltalks

Louis LaBrunda Lou at Keystone-Software.com
Tue Feb 1 17:21:34 UTC 2022

Hi Eliot & Christian,

I'm interested in helping with a port to VA Smalltalk.  I can't speak for Instantiations but I think they would be
interested too.  I would prefer to let someone there take the lead and I would help where I can.  I have worked on a VA
Smalltalk API for USB and the Raspberry Pi, so I have some experience with this kind of thing.  I emailed them but
haven't yet heard back, that is a little unusual but they are in the midst of releasing a new version, so I hope they
will get back to me soon.

I understand that there is a VW tool that can output code for VA Smalltalk but I don't have access to it.  I'm hoping
Instantiations does.


On Tue, 1 Feb 2022 08:18:32 -0800, Eliot Miranda <eliot.miranda at gmail.com> wrote:

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>Begin forwarded message:
>> From: Christian Haider <christian.haider at smalltalked-visuals.com>
>> Date: February 1, 2022 at 1:44:59 AM PST
>> To: vwnc at lists.cs.illinois.edu
>> Subject: [vwnc] [PDFtalk] Porting the library to non-namespace Smalltalks
>> Reply-To: christian.haider at smalltalked-visuals.com
>> ?
>> Hi,
>> a new project started to port the PDF library PDFtalk [1] to Smalltalk dialects without namespaces.
>> There has been some interest in the past for such a port. Unfortunately, after the first excitement, I never heard of these attempts anymore, so that I think that they were abandoned. It would be interesting to hear why.
>> If there is still interest in getting PDFtalk into your Smalltalk, here is the chance to help and participate. I will try to do the port in the open and document everything on the wiki [1], so that lurkers can follow and helpers can comment.
>> A project page has been set up [2] and I started a log [3] where I record in detail what I am doing for porting the Values package.
>> The port is done with code transformations generating the source for the target dialect. You can find some documentation about the approach here [4].
>> All these pages need work, so comments will be appreciated.
>> Happy hacking,
>>                 Christian
>> [1] https://wiki.pdftalk.de/doku.php?id=start
>> [2] https://wiki.pdftalk.de/doku.php?id=pdftalknonnamespacefileout
>> [3] https://wiki.pdftalk.de/doku.php?id=valuesportinglog
>> [4] https://wiki.pdftalk.de/doku.php?id=smalltalktransform
Louis LaBrunda
Keystone Software Corp.
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