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 ┬ámy 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?

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Objective-C and Smalltalk

I just stumpled upon an old tweet by Matt Kennedy: Objective-C isn't too bad, but after using #smalltalk I feel like I've had a first class flight downgraded to the luggage compartment. I feel his pain. XCode and IB are really great tools, and Objective-C is a friendly place for Smalltalkers, but you wish they'd … Continue reading Objective-C and Smalltalk

Interesting Article on Smalltalk by David Chisnall

I just stumbled upon an article that interested Smalltalkers may have known for weeks already. It's part 3 of a series called Influential Programming Languages and has been published on InformIT back in January 2011. It discusses which programming languages influenced the makers of Objective-C and what concepts were taken from them. The articles focus … Continue reading Interesting Article on Smalltalk by David Chisnall

Objective-C 2, Xcode 4, LLVM, what’s next?

Objective-C and Cocoa are a nice environment to work in. The nicety of Cocoa comes from the fact that it is an object runtime system rather than a bunch of objects compiled into a running program. A Nib file (or xib file as they are called now) is nothing else than a saved snapshot of … Continue reading Objective-C 2, Xcode 4, LLVM, what’s next?

The “feels like dynamic” trend

I found an interesting tweet by Gilad Bracha through pharoproject: Mainstream programming language syntax is like human sacrifice: evil, yet once entrenched, difficult to get rid of. But one answer to it is even nicer: Every new typed programming language says it "feels like a dynamic language". What does this tell us about how typed … Continue reading The “feels like dynamic” trend

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?