VA Smalltalk 8.6.1 – first impressions

Instantiations released VA Smalltalk 8.6.1 yesterday. We haven't ported our project code to the new version yet, but given the fact that this is "just" an update to 8.6, I don't expect to experience a lot of problems here. The Migration Guide, an often undervalued but very helpful resource, doesn't really mention a lot that … Continue reading VA Smalltalk 8.6.1 – first impressions

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VA Smalltalk on Linux with German Umlauts – how to set up the environment properly

For kontolino.de, our accounting application for small and medium businesses, the deployment platform is Linux. Our prime development platform is Windows, because some of the nicer and newer features of VA Smalltalk (like the Scintilla editor) are not (yet) available on Linux. Also, the fact that VAST uses MOTIF, makes it a bit of a … Continue reading VA Smalltalk on Linux with German Umlauts – how to set up the environment properly

VA Smalltalk 8.6 on Windows 7×64: a first glimpse

Last week Instantiations announced the availability of VA Smalltalk 8.6. This new release brings a few novelties. First, the installation on Windows 7 (and most likely also Windows 8 and 8.1) works like a charm. There is no special procedure any more for machines with User Acces Control enabled - all files are put into … Continue reading VA Smalltalk 8.6 on Windows 7×64: a first glimpse

…and now for my Glorp on VAST error handling rant.

I've written in my previous post about a debugging session that took longer than necessary for two reasons: my stupidity and a combination of several unfriendly factors. So let's continue our journey up through my walkback of today's image crash. Once I figured there was no Seaside problem in the crash, I scrolled further up … Continue reading …and now for my Glorp on VAST error handling rant.

Seaside 3.0.7 (partially) and jQueryMobile 1.1.1 ported to VA Smalltalk

Marten's been busy over the last few days and just released a new version of a partial Seaside 3.0.7 port (Instantiations ships VA 8.5.2 with Seaside 3.0.6), which he needed for the latest bels and whistles of Nick Ager's Seaside integration for jQueryMobile V 1.1.1, which he also ported and released on VASTGoodies. From the … Continue reading Seaside 3.0.7 (partially) and jQueryMobile 1.1.1 ported to VA Smalltalk

Instantiations announces the immediate availability of VA Smalltalk 8.5.1

The STIC 2012 conference started today and I guess we'll see announcements from all Smalltalk vendors there. Instantiations just announced the availability of Version 8.5.1 of VA Smalltalk. As the version number suggests, it is a maintenance release with a total of ca. 60 bugs fixed and a few new minor feature extensions and enhancements. Development … Continue reading Instantiations announces the immediate availability of VA Smalltalk 8.5.1

Don’t use GLORP Type Resolvers with CHAR(1) fields in DB2 on VA Smalltalk

[Update, 2012-04-26: Instantiations is currently working on a fix for this problem. I've been mailing back and forth with the responsible developer about this and other problems that I've had with GLORP on VAST, so I hope we'll soon see a newer version of GLORP ported over to VA ST with quite a few bugs … Continue reading Don’t use GLORP Type Resolvers with CHAR(1) fields in DB2 on VA Smalltalk

Things they never told you about log4s [Updated]

I've been using log4s, Instantiations' logging framework for VA Smalltalk, in several situations before and it does a nice job. I always started it with a piece of code and therefor had no problems with it. But log4s has an option to auto-start and initialize itself from the abt.ini file that accompanies a VA Smalltalk … Continue reading Things they never told you about log4s [Updated]

HPI students to present their VA Smalltalk related Bachelor project today

Today the Bachelor projects of students at the Hasso-Plattner-Institute at the university of Potsdam will publicly present their Bachelor projects. These projects are aimed at gaining practical experience in cooperation with industrial partners. One of the projects was supervised by John O'Keefe from Instantiations and was aimed at adding a GTK+-Binding to VA Smalltalk in … Continue reading HPI students to present their VA Smalltalk related Bachelor project today

A glimpse at what’s coming in VA Smalltalk

We've all heard or read about Instantiations' plans for VA Smalltalk for the upcoming Release (8.5)  and their ideas for the ones after that. So we know there are some interesting new features in the pipeline, from a new settings framework to improved code editing tools and substantial improvements to the younger (at least in … Continue reading A glimpse at what’s coming in VA Smalltalk