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  • Announcing Camp Smalltalk Supreme

    Announcing Camp Smalltalk Supreme

    I have the green light to proceed with Camp Smalltalk Supreme, the 2022 50th anniversary edition of Camp Smalltalk. It’s scheduled for June 10-12, 2022 at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. I’ve confirmed Adele Goldberg, Dan Ingalls, and Kent Beck as keynote speakers for this very special event! Adele and Dan were part of the original […]

  • What is the Glamorous Toolkit?

    Here is a groundbreaking tool for software developers. Glamorous Toolkit is the moldable development environment. It is a live notebook. It is a flexible search interface. It is a fancy code editor. It is a software analysis platform. It is a data visualization engine. All in one. Tudor Girba gives a nice presentation about it: […]

  • Rust and Smalltalk are perfectly complementary!

    Rust and Smalltalk are perfectly complementary!

    Rust has been selected as the Most Loved programming language at StackOverflow Developer Survey for five consecutive years! No other language commands so much respect. Rank 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 1 Rust Rust Rust Rust Rust 2 Swift Smalltalk Kotlin Python/TS TypeScript 3 F# TypeScript Python Kotlin Python 4 Scala Swift TypeScript WebAssembly Kotlin […]

  • Anatomy of a Programming Competition

    Anatomy of a Programming Competition

    Introduction This is a case study of The James Robertson Memorial Programming Competition, which was created to promote the Smalltalk programming language. This is a case study by example, showing what was done and how it was done. Promotion and Marketing Advertising the competition at proved ineffective and costly. The click-through rate was infinitestimally […]

  • Smalltalk’s Successor

    Smalltalk’s Successor

    Alan Kay, one of the co-creators of Smalltalk, has said that he’d like to see Smalltalk evolve beyond what it is today. He believes that Smalltalk is stagnating and failing to advance the software industry. While I agree with him in principle, I also take a more pragmatic position. I believe that we cannot wait […]

  • GoFundMe for JRMPC 202x

    Please give generously: Smalltalk Programming Competitions. Here’s the trailer for JRMPC 2021:

  • Ryerson University Joins Pharo Consortium As Academic Partner

    I am pleased to announce that Ryerson University joins the Pharo Consortium as an Academic Partner. The Consortium will strengthen Pharo’s applicability for mission-critical software development. Ryerson does leading research in Pharo development under the auspices of Prof. Dave Mason, Chair of Computer Science. Here is one of the areas of research: PharoJS. Ryerson just […]

  • What are reasons NOT to use Smalltalk?

    Thanks for participating in the poll.

  • JRMPC 2020 Awards Ceremony

    JRMPC 2020 Awards Ceremony

    JRMPC, or The James Robertson Memorial Programming Competition, is a national contest open to Canadian high school students. It was completed on March 6, 2020 and the awards ceremony was scheduled for April 18. Here is the awards ceremony video for JRMPC 2020: I hope you enjoyed it. This video represents the culmination of eighteen […]

  • Covid-19 Tracker

    Here’s a cool PharoJS application that tracks COVID-19 data from Johns Hopkins: