VA Smalltalk 9.2 released

Instantiations just released Version 9.2 of VA Smalltalk. It is now available for download for all registered users with a valid support contract and there is also a free evaluation version for anybody interested in trying it. Over the last few releases, it seems the folk over at instantiations decided to make each new version … Continue reading VA Smalltalk 9.2 released

What to do when VAST x64 (and Seaside) on Linux need a little help finding libcrypto.so

[update: I just updated the title of the post, because on other Linux machines,  like our test and production servers, there is a link named libcrypto.so in the 64 bits libraries path, so the change to the ini file is not necessary there... 20591215 0 lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 16 Jun 20 13:29 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libcrypto.so -> … Continue reading What to do when VAST x64 (and Seaside) on Linux need a little help finding libcrypto.so

Seaside, File Libraries and UTF-8

In my seemingly endless hunt for potential problems with Umlauts travelling between our users' web browsers and our Seaside images, I find new areas of "interest" almost daily. As a little background information, it might be useful to mention that at least the Smalltalk diealect we are using (VA Smalltalk) is not speaking UTF-8 natively, … Continue reading Seaside, File Libraries and UTF-8

Seaside: Registering a WAApplicaton too late leads to an HTTP 503 error

[Update: Thinking about this a little more, this post has a misleading title. This is very likely not to be a Seaside issue at all, but one of VA Smalltalk's WASstServerAdaptor, which, if started/registered too late (whatever too late may be), doesn't get realized by Apache. So the title of this post should rather be: … Continue reading Seaside: Registering a WAApplicaton too late leads to an HTTP 503 error

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

Why do we need commercial Smalltalk implementations?

Over on the VA Smalltalk Discussion group, somebody asked what commercial Smalltalk vendors are needed for nowadays where you have the choice between so many good and innovativa platforms like Pharo, Amber, Squeak and quite a few others that are completely free and maintained by an open community. I am pretty convinced we need both: … Continue reading Why do we need commercial Smalltalk implementations?

Grease Extensions for VA Smalltalk

If you've ever tried to use open source code from Squeak or Pharo on VA Smalltalk, you had a few obstacles to take: How do I load Monticello Packages into my envy library? Many moons ago, you had to use FileIn/FileOut and some manual editing of the fileout to make it loadable. Sometimes, I just … Continue reading Grease Extensions for VA Smalltalk

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

When hardcore errors with double Glorp INSERTs turn out to be ancient web problems

I've been hunting for some strange problem which I thought was related to Glorp or (less likely) our business code for months. Every once in a while, our production server would log strange NOT NULL problems on inserts of records that do not erectly resolve their foreign keys, even though the objects these records usually refer to can … Continue reading When hardcore errors with double Glorp INSERTs turn out to be ancient web problems