I also like his summary:
The demo went well. I’m always surprised how making something pretty makes people think it’s better. In this case I just added a new facade on a web site, and it was considered a big thing, yet it was only a few days work. It’s like my buddy in marketing says: ya gotta sell the sizzle, not the steak. There’s a lesson in there somewhere for Smalltalk.
Right. People are afraid of Smalltalk for a lot of reasons, but most of them are mostly FUD instead of real facts. But as soon as the result looks good, many doubts and fears simply vanish. Using Smalltalk as a fast-path to building web appilcations that handle complex business logic can be an extreme advantage over many mainstream teachnologies. With great design and given the fact that it runs on a server where noone ever touches the application after installation, most arguments against Smalltalk are obsolote…