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?
This article titled "Pre to postmortem: the inside story of the death of Palm and webOS" on The Verge is not new, but it is well worth reading. It's a short rundown on the sad story of the one platform that could have become the No. 3 - maybe even No. 2 on a longer time … Continue reading The sad story of WebOS and the TouchPad
Apple once again proves that it doesn't really need new ideas, technologies or such to come up with a commercially successful product. Isn't the whole point of their latest Announcement of iBooks 2 and iBooks author and iTunes U exactly what Alan Kay has been talking about for, well, decades? iBooks will have a lot … Continue reading So Apple reinvented Squeak and Sophie…or Not?
[Update:] I may be wrong on this one: the WWDC Keynote slide I'm talking about mentions 'Automatic Reference Counting', which technically is not the same as Garbage Collection, but nevertheless takes away the burden and responsibility of manual memory management from the developer. So the hooray is still valid, even if the technical implementation may … Continue reading My WWDC highlight: iOS5 will have Garbage Collection
Today Apple released XCode 4, their latest development environment for MacOS and iOS. Having worked with XCode for a while and skimming through the list of improvements and new features in Xcode 4 it seems like this new version is another big step forward and makes development an even much nicer experience than before. I … Continue reading Apple releases Xcode 4
It seems like the growing demand in Android gadgets and the noise of App developers have finally made Apple rethink their rules (Press Release): In particular, we are relaxing all restrictions on the development tools used to create iOS apps, as long as the resulting apps do not download any code. This should give developers … Continue reading Smalltalk on iOS – again an option?
Bert Freudenberg has put up a short video of his port of the Squeak VM (based on John McIntosh's port for iPhone) and Etoys onto YouTube. It looks really cool: Multi-Finger gestures on this nice pad computer to let little race cars drive around. I am not sure I'd like to use the screen keyboard … Continue reading Squeak on the iPad: Cool!