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

A closer look at Kontolino

Two weeks ago I announced the public availability of Kontolino!, our new online service for the accounting needs of small businesses and freelancers. These two weeks have been quite exciting, because this was our first publicly accessible web server project that was done internally from A to Z. We currently welcome a few new test… Continue reading A closer look at Kontolino

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

That’s how far we’ve come with Java and Eclipse

A few days ago I installed the latest version of IBM's DataStudio, a nice tool for administering DB2 databases. It really is of great help with a lot of DB administration jobs, especially if you're not a really exerienced DBA. The download package is somewhat above 200 MB big, because it includes eclipse. But that's… Continue reading That’s how far we’ve come with Java and Eclipse

VMTRAP with VA Smalltalk due to strange bytecode differences (or whatever)

Today I was on the hunt. And I finally shot the beast that killed hundreds of good men over the last decades or so. Well, at least it seems it's dead, and I don't really know why. I know it's dead and I was hunting for it, but I am not sure I pulled the… Continue reading VMTRAP with VA Smalltalk due to strange bytecode differences (or whatever)

Die Interaktivität der Smalltalk-Entwicklung im Video

Erst gestern schrieb ich im Zusammenhang mit dem Google Summer Of Code und der Programmiersprache Smalltalk: Smalltalk macht enormen Spass. Die sehr dynamische Umgebung ist sehr motivierend, weil man nicht toten Quelltext pflegt, sondern sich stets direkt im lauffähigen Objektsystem aufhält. Man muss es ausprobiert haben, um das zu verstehen… und just einen Tag später… Continue reading Die Interaktivität der Smalltalk-Entwicklung im Video

Die European Smalltalk User’s Group ist Mentoring Organization für Googles Summer Of Code 2013

Auch dieses Jahr hat Google die ESUG (European Smalltalk User's Group) als Mentoring Organization für die Teilnahme am Summer Of Code ausgewählt. Das sind für die Smalltalk-Welt sehr gute Nachrichten. Was ist der Google Summer Of Code? Die Kurzform: Google bezahlt einen oder mehrere Studenten dafür, dass sie diesen Sommer an einem open source -… Continue reading Die European Smalltalk User’s Group ist Mentoring Organization für Googles Summer Of Code 2013

Pharo 2.0 ist offiziell verfügbar

Das Pharo-Projekt, das einst mit dem simplen Anspruch startete, die beste Smalltalk-Umgebung zu entwickeln und als open-source kostenfrei zur Verfügung zu stellen, hat auf diesem Weg einen neuen Pflock eingeschlagen. Die Version 2.0 wurde gestern freigegeben. Es wurde viel aufgeräumt, vereinheitlicht und verbessert, aber vor allem wurden weit über 1000 Bugs gefixt: We are proud… Continue reading Pharo 2.0 ist offiziell verfügbar

Smalltalk Inspect interviews Stéphane Ducasse on Pharo

We've got another sweet episode of Smalltalk inspect over on our podcast page. To start 2013 off we chose to talk to Stéphane Ducasse about Pharo Smalltalk and its almost finished 2.0 release as well as the newly formed Pharo Consortium and Pharo Association, two organizations with one simple goal: accelerate and stabilize Pharo's progress.… Continue reading Smalltalk Inspect interviews Stéphane Ducasse on Pharo

Are we Smalltalkers missing the mobile trend?

This might be an interesting detail for all people involved in Smalltalk environments that run on Android and/or iOS. Among the top 10 search terms used in 2012 to find  my blog there were "smalltalk android" and "smalltalk ipad". And in fact, almost every day I check my blog statistics, and these terms or variations… Continue reading Are we Smalltalkers missing the mobile trend?