Dolphin Smalltalk: 6.2 will be a free upgrade

Dolphin Smalltalk is clearly the most beautiful Smalltalk environment for Windows Applications. It is nicely designed and has great integration with all those Windows technologies like COM/ActiveX etc. Its look and feel and tools are simply beautiful. And it has gone through some changes. A while ago, object arts announced they'd stop developing Dolphin, since … Continue reading Dolphin Smalltalk: 6.2 will be a free upgrade

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Plat_Forms 2011: Only few days to join the contest

The Plat_Forms 2011 contest, which wants to find out how suitable web application platforms are, is still open for candidates: We currently have 5 binding requests for admittance (3 Java, 1 Perl, 1 JavaScript) and 7 outstanding (3 Ruby, 2 PHP, 1 .NET), i.e. teams have stated their intent to participate but haven't handed in … Continue reading Plat_Forms 2011: Only few days to join the contest

VA Smalltalk: How to display the “real” error message

This is mostly a note to myself, because I tend to get caught in the same trap over and over again when it comes to displaying an error message from an Exception. I remember using trial and error several times and miserably failing. What's the problem? I catch an exception and want to display a … Continue reading VA Smalltalk: How to display the “real” error message

Battery packs for vehicles will not be the answer

James Robertson points to a very interesting detail related to electro-mobility that I haven't thought of before: ... it can take as long as 20 hours to charge up the car using a standard 120-volt circuit. If you hook up to a 240-volt Level 2 charging station — which can be installed in your home … Continue reading Battery packs for vehicles will not be the answer

Java on the Mac: no need to worry

A few days ago, Apple revealed their plan to give up providing Java Runtime versions for Mac OS X. There was quite some speculation if this means Apple plans to diss Java similarly to Flash. But obviuosly, they really just said: we're not investing anything any more, but we welcome Oracle to do that for … Continue reading Java on the Mac: no need to worry

We knew it all the time: Web Services won’t heal the world!

I never really liked the big Web Services. All the XML-burdened complexity combined with lots of tools from the big vendors that had extremely long names and the purpose of which could never be understood unless you already were lost somewhere in the mud of XML-tides. When I read today that the WS-I initiative officially … Continue reading We knew it all the time: Web Services won’t heal the world!

Plat_Forms 2011: a challenge and showcase for Smalltalk

Competitions like Plat_Forms are surely a great opportunity to showcase a web framework. It will be held for the second time in January and is run by the Freie Universität Berlin, the Open Source Business Foundation and the well known German magazine iX. "Plat_Forms" is a contest and competition in which top-class teams of three … Continue reading Plat_Forms 2011: a challenge and showcase for Smalltalk