It’s been available online for a while now, but I just now found the time to watch InfoQ’s interview with Avi Bryant (of Seaside and DabbleDB fame) about
In one section he speaks about his views on the Smalltalk world as it stands today, and I found some of his views worth thinking about:
You have to imagine that if there are all these different both commercial vendors and open source projects that are continuing and seem to be continuing quite healthily, that it is still being used a lot.
Alan Kay, who invented Smalltalk, they never expected Smalltalk-80 to last this long. They produced Smalltalk-72, Smalltalk-76, every 4 years they expected to totally reinvent the language and here we are, nearly 30 years later and we are still using Smalltalk-80.