Monday, October 27, 2008

Squeak on the iPhone 1.07

John has updated the iPhone VM to version 1.07.
This new virtual machine uses the latest pharo image.

Smalltalk on the wall

Cobalt (written in Smalltalk) on a 13-foot by 5-foot multi-touch visualization wall, read more here.

I definitely need a larger office ...

Smalltalk in Eclipse

There are some first screenshots from STDT (Smalltalk Development Tooling) in Eclipse - an internal project at IBM.

Can you play with it? I dont think so. From one of the comments by Dan Heidinga:
"Currently, the project is strictly internal. We hope to be presenting at EclipseCon this year and should have a better answer by then."

However, it's nice - but working with a full Smalltalk system is better ;)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

SmallFaces, a widget toolkit for Seaside

Hernan, Norberto and Juan announced "SmallFaces (SF) for Seaside". You can now create web applications with Seaside just using widget objects.

Read more here and here.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Silverlight and Eclipse

There is a nice Eclipse UML plugin "eUML2" from a company called Soyatec. When doing Java stuff I use it for various reasons:

- UML is a good way to communicate designs
- it integrates nicely with the editors (changes in code are reflected in model diagrams and vice versa)
- the file format is XML
- refactorings can also be applied in the diagrams
- the graphic is nicely done and visually appealing

I was suprised to hear that Microsoft is now giving funding to them to develop a Silverlight (yes the one from .NET) integration into Eclipse. See:

Until today support for .NET in Eclipse was very comfortless. There was once a simplified C# Editor and there were no real builders and natures to support compilation for .NET languages. Will see how far they integrate, so new things to try out this evening...

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Gartner analyst and Smalltalks comeback

Mark Driver, an analyst at Gartner group blogs on Smalltalk. I like this quote:

"You think Rails is cool? Check out seaside."

Hat tip to Randal for the news.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Squeak "multi-vm"

Looks like Sam S. Adams (IBM Research) and David Ungar (known from Self programming language) have constructed a Squeak "multi-vm" a Squeak VM adapted to run on 56 of the 64 cores on the Tilera64 processor family.

Read more here and here.

As Sam noted on the Squeak list they plan to attend the SqueakBOF at OOPSLA and demo the current multicore VM work.

Sounds like Smalltalk

TaalPulse is a free software Lehra, Theka and Tampura machine for the student of Hindustani (northern Indian) music. It is designed to run on portable devices (such as Compaq iPaq) but it also runs on desktop computers (Windows, Linux and MacOS).

TaalPulse is developed by Guillaume Pothier using Squeak Smalltalk. See

for more information.

Monday, October 06, 2008

WAX - Writing API for XML

The writing API for XML (for Java and Ruby) is now also available for Smalltalk from the author R. Mark Volkmann.


Sophie news

Looks like the open source Sophie project (developed in Squeak) gets no funding anymore and should be redeveloped in Java by a new company.

Meanwhile this is also discussed on slashdot.

Sad - but the original developers try to keep the project alive and moved to