This might be an interesting detail for all people involved in Smalltalk environments that run on Android and/or iOS. Among the top 10 search terms used in 2012 to find my blog there were “smalltalk android” and “smalltalk ipad”. And in fact, almost every day I check my blog statistics, and these terms or variations thereof are on the list.
To me, this is a clear indication that people are looking for documentation and possibly ready-made installation packages for either Smalltalk IDEs or deployed applications that are written in Smalltalk. I must admit I have been playing with the idea of writing an application for Android in either Gnu ST or Pharo repeatedly, but never took the time because I couldn’t find much documentation for it. People do deploy Smalltalk appliations on iPhones and Android devices but I haven’t found much material on how they do it. It’s either blindingly obvious for people who are used to writing Android / iOS apps, or the people who managed to do it regard their knowledge as a trade secret. Both are okay with me. I like to have a certain advantage on things I know as well. So I am not going to bash this. Continue reading