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?

Bob Nemec on Seaside for iOS devices

Over on his blog "Digging in the dirt", Bob shares some insight into his appraoch to adapt an existing Smalltalk/Seaside based portal to teh iPad. For a customer demo, he needed to show an iPad version of the application and so he used some javascript and CSS tricks to optimize the app. You can read … Continue reading Bob Nemec on Seaside for iOS devices

My WWDC highlight: iOS5 will have Garbage Collection

[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

Apple releases Xcode 4

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

Smalltalk on iOS – again an option?

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?

The real reason for the iPhone’s success

.. is not a technical or usability thing: [...] male iPhone owners have an average of 10 sexual partners, while women reported an average of 12.3. That's well ahead of BlackBerry owners (8.1 partners for men, 8.8 for women) and devices that run Google's Android mobile operating system (6 partners for men, 6.1 for women). … Continue reading The real reason for the iPhone’s success

Squeak on the iPad: Cool!

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!

Great summary on how to deploy a Pharo-based application

Torsten answers a question asked on the pharo-dev mailing list and gives a great and short overview of what you need to do if you want to deploy a Smalltalk Application developped in Pharo Smalltalk. It fits nicely for Squeak as well and is really a dense intro to deploying Squeak/Pharo as a stand-alone or … Continue reading Great summary on how to deploy a Pharo-based application

Studien, Apple-Kunden, Geldlockerheit und sonstige Vorlieben…

Am besten an einer der zuletzt durch die gesamte Apple-Blogosphäre gegeisterten Studie über die Online-Bezahlbereitschaft von iPhone-, Mac- und PC-Besitzern gefiel mir bisher dieses Fundstück: PC-Anwender mögen hingegen John Travolta. Leider steht nicht so genau dabei, was uns das sagen soll... 😉

Can we risk investing in iPhone development?

I've been asking myself this question quite a few times already. We have a few little tools that could possibly be of use to a wider raneg of users, and there are a few ideas about what we could possibly build. But is it worth the investment? Most of the stuff we have is implemented … Continue reading Can we risk investing in iPhone development?