VA Smalltalk Forum Europe 2010: Registration Problems


The registration page is now working again. Early Bird registrations are not available any more, so if you register now, you missed the chance of getting a nice Polo shirt.

There are still places available, so don’t hesitate to register to learn all about VA Smalltalk and get in touch with other users!]

We’re currently having problems with the VA Smalltalk Forum Europe 2010 registration page. Our service provider (Eventbrite) has closed the early bird registration even though May 31st is not over yet.

If you want to register for the event, you can do so by trying two things:

1. Wait until later tomorrow: we’ll reopen registrations, but the persons who can access the registration settings enjoy a free day today due to Memorial Day in the U.S.

2. Send me an email. You can find my contact details here. I will put you on the list and confirm your registration.

VA Smalltalk Forum Europe 2010: Diane Engles on Web Services in VA Smalltalk

Web Services have become one of the main technologies for integrating several systems, young and old, independently of implementation language or system platform. While there is a high danger of making things very, very, very complex, their nature of being built up from more or less simple building blocks like XML and HTTP makes Web Services a very attractive choice for many Smalltalk projects.

One of our presentations at the VA Smalltalk Forum Europe 2010 in Stuttgart will be given by Diane Engles, long-time Smalltalker and member of the VA Smalltalk development team at Instantiations. She’ll show how to use VA Smalltalk as a service provider in a Web Services environment. Here’s the abstract of her talk:

This presentation demonstrates how to create and deploy a simple web service in VA Smalltalk, and how to invoke it from a Visual Studio Express Visual Basic web site running under IIS. After a short slide presentation, a live demo will follow that will take the user step by step through creating and deploying the web service, creating and deploying necessary proxy files into the ASP.NET environment, and invoking the web service from a simple Visual Basic ASP.NET web page.

Please register in advance for this free event at our event registration page to learn more about Web Services in VAST. Stuttgart is good to reach by plane, car and trains, and our event hotel is located directly at the main station. So there’s no excuse for not coming 😉

VA Smalltalk Forum Europe 2010: Sebastian Heidbrink on Web Services

Only about two weeks to go, and if you haven’t registered yet, you should know that we still have room for more visitors (although it seems we’re breaking our records this year).

Sebastian Heidbrink from Tricept AG, our new partner/competitor in VA Smalltalk consulting and sales will be presenting ways to use VA Smalltalk’s Web Services support to turn existing VA Smalltalk applications into service providers in a web services environment. From the abstract:

This session will show you how Tricept’s fat client server conversion enables others to use your reliable, or even mission critical, business logic via web services. We will deliver insight into a sample server application architecture and how it might become integrated into your service oriented system environment. See how competitive this solution is and how you can benefit from staying with or expanding with VASmalltalk.

So you really should come and meet with esperts and users in Stuttgart on June 8th. More details on the event and registration are here.

VA Smalltalk 8.0.2: not such a minor update

It’s been announced for May 26th, and it’s here now: VA Smalltalk Version 8.0.2.

The version number may suggest it’s a small update with a handful of bug fixes – well, wrong!

One of the most missed features to suppport Smalltalk newcomers interested in VA ST or for projects working with an old, unsupported persistency framework like POLAR, Micado, TOPlink or ObjectExtender, there is now a vendor-supported version of GLORP, an open-source persistence framework (or O-R-Mapping-Framework) shipped with VAST. You can now work with relational databases on a current, well-maintained database framework in VA Smalltalk. GLORP is mainly written by one of the TOPlink architects, and therefor should be a great option for TOPLink users to “upgrade” to a supported version.

But there’s more: if you need to stick a Windows Certfied Logo on your product CD, you can now do so: VAST executables are signed and Windows 7 is a fully supported platform (unfortunately, this is not entirely true when it comes to the selection of GUI widgets). So you can go and get a Windows Certification for your product.

The list of new features continues:

  • SUnit 4.0, including support for Just-in-Time Resource Management, and other enhancements, supports creating powerful Smalltalk unit tests
  • Instance-based exceptions are now polymorphic with class-based exceptions, providing clearer and more efficient handling of errors
  • Support for Seaside 3.0 pre-beta1 (We’re still waiting for Seaside 3.0 to go at least beta or better final)
  • Further improvements to HTML documentation
  • Currency with respect to operating systems and databases; support added for
    Windows 7 (32/64-bit), Ubuntu 9 (32/64-bit) and Oracle 11g (compatibility)
  • Power management events supported on Windows GUI applications

For a full list of bug fixes and feature changes, you can look into the readme-file.

As usual, the new version is free to download for existing customers with a current support contract (password required for download), and a free, timely unlimited, full-featured evaluation license can be downloaded by anybody (registration required) interested to play with VA Smalltalk.

If you want to learn more and meet other VA Smalltalk users, you can still register for our free VA Smalltalk Forum Europe 2010 at Stuttgart, Germany on June 8th, where John O’Keefe will give a talk on what’s new and what’s scheduled for upcoming releases of VA Smalltalk. We look forward to meeting you there.

As a consulting and sales partner of Instantiations, we are also happy to answer your questions and help on your projects. We also offer training on Smalltalk in general as well as VA Smalltalk specific. Just give us a call or mail us.

Are you looking for a Smalltalk/Seaside job?

If you know Smalltalk or would like to learn it, get your feet wet in Web Application Development with Seaside, then you are probably lucky: such a job is available at, which is somewhat the epicenter of the Seaside world.

From Adrian Lienhard’s mail on the ESUG mailing list: is looking for a Seaside web application developer. We are a small, agile team located in Bern (Switzerland). With Cmsbox we have developed an award winning Content Management System. The successful candidate will have excellent skills in OO software development with a dynamic programming language. Fluency in German is not a must, but we expect applicants to acquire basic understanding of German.

A detailed job description can be found on our website (in German):

Sounds like there’s fun to be had at work…

VA Smalltalk Forum 2010: Lukas Renggli on Seaside

At this year’s VA Smalltalk Forum Europe in Stuttgart (Germany) on June 8th, we’ll have Lukas Renggli talking about Seaside:

Seaside does many things differently from what is considered best practice in Web development. This talk will summarize new patterns of Web development and demonstrate why they are beneficial to build highly interactive Web applications quickly, reusably and maintainably. Moreover the presentation will cover the unique integration of Seaside with popular Javascript frameworks, such as jQuery and jQueryUI.

Lukas is one of the core developers of the well-known and respected web application framework Seaside, so there’s probably no better source of information than this one. Lukas will be available for questions, comments, discussion and maybe even some hacking on Seaside.

I know Julian Fitzell is planning to come as well, so you’ll very likely have the chance to meet two of the core Seaside developers…

If you want to come and join us for our free event in Stuttgart, visit our registration page for more details and register.

I hope to see you soon in Stuttgart!

VA Smalltalk Forum Europe 2010: Georg Heeg on the State of Smalltalk

We’ll be holding our third european event for users and friends of VA Smalltalk on June 8th in Stuttgart, Germany.

Georg Heeg, Executive Director of the Smalltalk Industry Council and owner of the well-known Smalltalk consultancy Georg Heeg e.K., will be giving a talk on the State of Smalltalk and its value for the software Industry.

From the abstract:

The primary objective of STIC as a multi-vendor association is to promote the joint goals: “To create and increase awareness of Smalltalk” and “To promote Smalltalk as the superior technology for the construction of information systems.” Georg will provide his view on why Smalltalk is the superior technology and how this can benefit the industry.

Georg’s talks are always entertaining and insightful as well as inspiring. Most of the times he’s talking about interesting projects done in Smalltalk, which you’d never have expected to be implemented in this language.

You see, not coming to Stuttgart in June means missing a lot. If you want to register for this free event, visit our registration page.


Sometimes you have the feeling it would have been better to stay in bed rather than go to work.

One example: If you send a message to a Mailing List, in this case the ESUG mailing list, in which you want to officially invite people to a business event, and somewhere in monday morning’s hectic you totally forget to review the headline of your message and send out a message with a title like this:

Invitation to tha VA Smalltalk Fprum Europe 2010

You sure know this monday is one of a special kind (and maybe it’s not even the weekday I could blame it on).

Maybe I could just say this is Search Engine Optimisation and I wanted to reach all the surfers who are unable to type… 😉

ESUG 2010: The CfP is out

The fun can start now: Stephane just announced the Call for Participation/Papers for this year’s European Smalltalk Users’ Group Conference in Barcelona (September 13 – 17):

For the past 18 years, the European Smalltalk User Group (ESUG) has organised the International Smalltalk Conference, a lively forum on cutting edge software technologies that attract people from both academia and industry for a whole week. The attendees are both engineers using Smalltalk in business and students and teachers using Smalltalk both for research and didactic purposes.

ESUG 2009 was great fun (you can read about it here on this blog), and chances are this year will even be better, not only weather-wise (although Brest is a very nice city, its weather wasn’t really friendly last August). I met a few great people, learned a lot and got loads of inspiration from it.