Job offer in Hamburg, Germany (e.g. Gemstone/S)

Marten is looking for a new colleague. I highly recommend this position, they do amazing stuff, use an interesting mix of technolgies, including Gemstone/S


The company I work for “dimap, Das Institut für Markt und Politikforschung” ( is looking for a developer (maybe student) here in Hamburg, Germany. We are developing software systems using various programming languages (C#, Java, Python, Javascript and Smalltalk (Gemstone)). It would be *very* nice, if the person would be interested to do development in Gemstone.

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Camp Smalltalk Durham/Raleigh March 2017

Instantiations, Inc. just announced they are sponsoring a Camp Smalltalk at Durham, North Carolina March 31st – April 2nd, 2017. You wonder what a Camp Smalltalk is? Well, that's easy, let me explain to you: A few hands full of Smalltalk debvelopers, enthusiasts and also interested newbees meet for a few days at a nice… Continue reading Camp Smalltalk Durham/Raleigh March 2017

Glorp/DB2 – Tip: Sorting case insensitive

If you are working with Glorp and DB2 and use #orderBy: you may have found out that the results of ordering by CHAR or VARCHAR columns may end up strange. DB2 assumes that a Small letter is less than a capitalized one. "Hans" is lower than "HANK". In my case this came obvious in a… Continue reading Glorp/DB2 – Tip: Sorting case insensitive

Instantiations releases VA Smalltalk Version 8.6.3

While it is no secret that Instantiations is working on a new 64-bits VM and Image for its VA Smalltalk system, innovation in all kinds of Software packages that can be connected to VAST doesn't stop and wait for it to be done. So Instantiations just announced the immediate availability of VA Smalltalk 8.6.3, a… Continue reading Instantiations releases VA Smalltalk Version 8.6.3

Zürich Smalltalk Meetup Nov. 8th, 2016

There are great news about the upcoming Smalltalker's Meetup in Zürich. We've found a conference room for the evening and will start off with a "show us your project" session in a room with a big screen and start the social part after your input at a nice Australian Steakhouse. The best thing is: we… Continue reading Zürich Smalltalk Meetup Nov. 8th, 2016

Expressions you’d probably never type

... and yet they give the expected result. I just tried this one, assuming it's probably worth a try, but it will most likely not work: String with: Character cr with: Character lf. Not that this is interesting or such. I was just surprised you can use with:with: to create Strings. Go back to work,… Continue reading Expressions you’d probably never type

Zürich Smalltalk Meetup, Nov. 8, 2016?

It's been almost a year since the Zürich Smalltalk users met. What a pity. So I'd like to get the ball rolling to gather interested Smalltalkers to meet on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. If you are interested, drop me a note or mail and I'll keep everybody updated on the exact time and place. Where… Continue reading Zürich Smalltalk Meetup, Nov. 8, 2016?

Seaside: Registering a WAApplicaton too late leads to an HTTP 503 error

[Update: Thinking about this a little more, this post has a misleading title. This is very likely not to be a Seaside issue at all, but one of VA Smalltalk's WASstServerAdaptor, which, if started/registered too late (whatever too late may be), doesn't get realized by Apache. So the title of this post should rather be:… Continue reading Seaside: Registering a WAApplicaton too late leads to an HTTP 503 error

MOOC on Live Object Programming in Pharo

Ever wondered why Smalltalk developers love their environment and what all the buzz about Live Object Programming is about? Would you like to learn Smalltalk and understand why Smalltalkers are so passionate about it? Maybe this Free online course is the right opportunity for you to start discovering a new level of programming and widen… Continue reading MOOC on Live Object Programming in Pharo

VA Smalltalk 8.6.2 is available

John O'Keefe from Instantiations sometimes makes this joke that a new release of VA Smalltalk will be out "in October" but it's not clear yet how many days this year's October will have. Well, 2015 October had exactly 61 days. Instantiations just announced the availability of VA Smalltalk on November 30th, 2015. At first sight,… Continue reading VA Smalltalk 8.6.2 is available