Starting VA Smalltalk on openSuSE 12.2

As I've written a few days ago, there are problems installing and starting VA Smalltalk on openSuSE 12.2. The problem is that root (nor any normal user) cannot start VAST or its setup program in an X session. The installation or start of VA Smalltalk quits with the following message: Xlib: connection to ":0.0" refused … Continue reading Starting VA Smalltalk on openSuSE 12.2

Using ltrace to debug VA Smalltalk calls to external libraries

This post is a bit technical, but sometimes even Smalltalk developers need to dive down into depths were it feels like noone else has ever been there before. In this case I am looking for a segmentation fault in a call to an external library on Linux. From logfiles, I know that the library is … Continue reading Using ltrace to debug VA Smalltalk calls to external libraries

Installing VA Smalltalk on openSuSE 12.2 32bit

Regular readers of my blog may know that we are working on a Seaside Application that is to be deployed on a Linux Web Server on the Internet. VA Smalltalk does support Linux, even though using VA Smalltalk for development work on Linux is not as nice and convenient as on Windows. But at least … Continue reading Installing VA Smalltalk on openSuSE 12.2 32bit

Smalltalk Inspect interviews Seth Berman from Instantiations

We've just release episode 21 of our Smalltalk Inspect podcast. This time we talk to Seth Berman about his work at Instantiations on VA Smalltalk: ¬†First, we lift one of the best kept secrets of the JWARS project before he tells us a bit about some of the projects Seth has worked on before joining … Continue reading Smalltalk Inspect interviews Seth Berman from Instantiations

STON for VAST on VASTGoodies

I've just uploaded a port of STON, the Smalltalk Object Notation for VA Smalltalk to the VASTGoodies.com repository. STON is a project that was implemented by Sven van Caekenberghe on Pharo Smalltalk and it is a slightly extended version of JSON (Javascript Object Notation) to persist Smalltalk objects in a human and machine readable form. … Continue reading STON for VAST on VASTGoodies

The Pharo Consortium becomes real

St√©phane Ducasse just announced on the Pharo Smalltalk Users mailing list that the paperwork for joining the Pharo consortium as a business is done. The goal of the consortium is to help finance the development of Pharo by paying at least one full-time engineer and build up (well, in fact there already is a really … Continue reading The Pharo Consortium becomes real

Read the original “Byte” issue on Smalltalk from 1981 online

Over on the ESUG mailing list, Felix shares a link he just found: [I] just found the BYTE-Smalltalk issue at archive.org: http://archive.org/details/byte-magazine-1981-08 The May 85 issue has some nice Smalltalk-articles too (starting at page 151): http://archive.org/stream/byte-magazine-1985-05/1985_05_BYTE_10-05_Multiprocessing#page/n151/mode/2up This is especially interesting in the context of the fact that some of the grey bearded Smalltalkers of the … Continue reading Read the original “Byte” issue on Smalltalk from 1981 online

Web sockets are coming to Smalltalk

The web is more and more becoming the fat client of tomorrow. Not that it offers much more than what we've had fifteen years agod, but at least it is finally promising to become the one-platform-for-everything that Java never proved to be. Nevertheless, web sockets promise to offer a new level of interactivity between browser-side … Continue reading Web sockets are coming to Smalltalk