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

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

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

Glorp and Schemas – a fix and a short login guide

I just fixed a bug in Glorp that prevents it from respecting the schema you set in the Login object. Why do you need that? In some shops, Schema names are used to distinguish certain project stages or "customer areas" from each other. So in one of my projects they'd have the same set of … Continue reading Glorp and Schemas – a fix and a short login guide

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

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)

GemTalk Systems ist das neue Zuhause von GemStone/S und GLASS – ein Deutungsversuch

Es hat sich sicher schon herumgesprochen, dass die Entwicklungs- und Supportmannschaft von GemStone/S und GLASS sowie das darauf basierende MagLev für Ruby nun in einer neuen Firma zuhause sind. Das neue Unternehmen heisst GemTalk Systems und besteht aus der kompletten Mannschaft, die bisher an GemStone gearbeitet hat. Für das Produkt sind das sehr gute Nachrichten. … Continue reading GemTalk Systems ist das neue Zuhause von GemStone/S und GLASS – ein Deutungsversuch

The WASstServerAdaptor story and its (preliminary) end

Well, a developer's day is full of victories and waterloos. So I've had my developer's day today. After I had discussed my Server startup problems related to ports already in use, Marten came up with an explanation for VAST's behavior on the VAST Support Group: The reason for this behaviour is located in the method: … Continue reading The WASstServerAdaptor story and its (preliminary) end

VAST improvements: Navigation in Config Maps

I've spent quite some time merging code recently, releasing Applications into Maps and Changing Required Map versions in other maps in an effort of porting a significant amount of existing VA Smalltalk code from Version 7 to the latest version 8.5.2. There is a lot to say about how you should or should not structure … Continue reading VAST improvements: Navigation in Config Maps