50th Birthday Celebrations of Programming Languages

I did a quickie survey of 50th birthday celebrations for programming languages. I was disappointed to find very few legitimate events. Now, obviously, only programming languages created before 1972 could have had 50th birthday celebrations, languages like FORTRAN, LISP, COBOL, BASIC, and Pascal, to name the few living, prominent, surviving languages today. For these, I foundContinue reading “50th Birthday Celebrations of Programming Languages”

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 originalContinue reading “Announcing Camp Smalltalk Supreme”

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:Continue reading “What is the Glamorous Toolkit?”

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 KotlinContinue reading “Rust and Smalltalk are perfectly complementary!”

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 CBC.ca proved ineffective and costly. The click-through rate was infinitestimallyContinue reading “Anatomy of a Programming Competition”

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 waitContinue reading “Smalltalk’s Successor”

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 justContinue reading “Ryerson University Joins Pharo Consortium As Academic Partner”

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 eighteenContinue reading “JRMPC 2020 Awards Ceremony”

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