[squeak-dev] Porting Christian Haider's PDFTalk to Squeak

tim Rowledge tim at rowledge.org
Mon Jan 10 22:46:56 UTC 2022

I imagine at least a few people will know of Christian Haider's extremely cool PDFTools. He wrote a very extensive suite of classes to read, process, create and edit PDF files, originally in VisualWorks. This would be a very useful tool set to have in Squeak, or indeed any other Smalltalk. Take a look at https://wiki.pdftalk.de/doku.php for the current system doc & examples. I've used it a fair bit in a VW system and it is very capable. 

We want to get the code ported to Squeak and other Smalltalks. Our problem is that there is a lot of code, written using the VW namespaces idiom, needing porting - and that Christian is quite ill. He is hoping to be able to advise and guide, but there is no way I have enough available time to make decent progress solo.

So, we are waving flags to try to attract interested parties to the, err, party. In principle we should be able to port to Squeak, Pharo, Cuis, perhaps VAST, Smalltalk/X - hell, maybe even GST. The Grease package may be a valuable resource in this potential spread. There is already a Gemstone port and the experience of creating that should provide some ideas to help.

Who's interested? 

tim Rowledge; tim at rowledge.org; http://www.rowledge.org/tim
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