If you’re an entrepreneur, and especially if you’re a digital entrepreneur, one of your greatest concerns is getting to market as quickly and as easily as you can. Your business is highly dependent on computers, whether that’s in the area of web applications or mobile development or machine learning or virtual reality or robotics or whatever. At theContinue reading “Smalltalk: An Entrepreneur’s Secret Weapon”
Round 1 of The James Robertson Memorial Programming Competition (JRMPC) just completed. Congratulations to Team ‘The Battle of Waterloo’ from Woodbridge College in Toronto, Canada for an outstanding performance. We look forward to Rounds 2, 3, 4, and 5 (the prize-winning round). Let’s give a hand to these exceptional students and newfound Smalltalkers!
by Lorenzo Schiavina EDOR Metodi Quantitativi When I was a professor of Operation Research at the Faculty of Mathematics at the Catholic University of Brescia, I was lucky enough to contact Lofti Zadeh who was going to develop fuzzy logic and I was impressed by his work. Subsequently I deepened the topic by reading theContinue reading “Fuzzy Thinking in Smalltalk”
by Leandro Caniglia President of FAST (Fundación Argentina de Smalltalk) Story 4: Hybrid Compilation Have you ever heard of the idea the creators of Smalltalk had for allowing any class to choose its compiler? To provide support for this classes respond to the #compiler message before the actual compilation is attempted. Why then, this capability hasn’t beenContinue reading “Extending the Smalltalk Syntax 4”
Another fantastic video from our Smalltalk devotee: I didn’t want to be left out, so I created my own video:
by Leandro Caniglia President of FAST (Fundación Argentina de Smalltalk) Story 3: Tagged Nodes What do you do when you have to include JSON in a Smalltalk method? Something like this? In other words, do you represent JSON data with plain strings? Wouldn’t it be nice to improve this? What if the compiler knew that this StringContinue reading “Extending the Smalltalk Syntax 3”
A Smalltalk devotee created this lovely video: “A new programming anthem for the future of software development.” Indeed.
by Leandro Caniglia President of FAST (Fundación Argentina de Smalltalk) Story 2: Supporting Pragmas All Smalltalk dialects support pragmas. Here is one: However, not all of them support other types of pragmas, as Pharo does. So, let’s see what it would take to add support for them to our dialect. Where to start? Here is the roadmap:Continue reading “Extending the Smalltalk Syntax 2”
by Leandro Caniglia President of FAST (Fundación Argentina de Smalltalk) Story 1: Adding Squeak Braces Does your dialect support Squeak Braces? To answer this question, try to evaluate the following expression: If you get an Array with the above two elements, today’s date and 7, it does. Otherwise, you would get a compilation error. In theContinue reading “Extending the Smalltalk Syntax”