Marten found some of our old SmalltalkInspect Podcast episodes

A few years ago, Marten Feldtmann, Sebastian Heidbrink and me did our best to do some podcasting on Smalltalk. Some of our episodes were in english, some were in German. One of our highest priority decisions back then was that we can only do it if we do it with as little effort as possible.
Interestingly, things worked out quite well. Some of our episodes were not actually complete trash ;-).

We didn’t have enough time and our jobs and personal projects led us to work on different areas, so the SmalltalkInspect podcast faded into bit nirvana. One day we realized our hosting provider had deleted our account and it seemed no one had kept any backups. But Marten just found a few somewhere in the backyard in the hedges around his telescope or beneath his soldering table, not sure, he wouldn’t tell 😉

So here are some of our old episodes for you to download and listen to what the early Marten, Sebastian and Joachim did back in their youth.

I hope there is still some interesting and entertaining material in this for somebody. Listening shortly into these, I somewhat become a little nostalgic and think “what if we just…”

Instantiations to showcase new Cross-Platform OS Process Framework online

If you’ve been following the progress of VA Smalltalk over the last few years, you may have realized that the folks at Instantiations are moving real fast. It’s only been 3 years that they introduced a completely new VM with 64 bits support, they came up with beautifully crafted APIs for SMTP, IMAP and more, added support for HiDPI displays and whatnot. It’s like watching a firework going off, one rocket after the next.

Version 9.2.2 has just left the door and the folks are already showcasing a new Framework for starting external processes and treating the results of this in a cross-platform environment.

We’ve been developing Kontolino! on Windows and deploying on Linux since 2013. This works very well, and almost every version of VAST brought some improvements for VAST on Linux (which I think is important for everybody planning to move to the Cloud or the Web). One last area that forced us to always test on Linux (and fix bugs there) was the way AbtProgramStarter showed very different behavior on Windows and Linux. This will obvously come to an end.

So if you are interested in what Instantiations is going to come up with in their upcoming Version (which will have a new versioning scheme and be named) 2021, you can register for an online webinar on Thursday, July 9th, 4:00 pm CEST, in which Seth will showcase their new Cross-Platform OS Process Framework. I hear it is going to be simply great.

To register, please follow this link.