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JS 4U 50: Modifying Element Attributes with JQuery

April 26, 2011 6:39:27.408

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Today's Javascript 4 You. Today we look at using JQuery selectors to modify the height and width of a div on a page. If you have trouble viewing it here in the browser, you can also navigate directly to YouTube.

Join the Facebook Group to discuss the tutorials. You can view the archives here.

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JQuery and Element Attributes

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Kernel Panic from the Backup Drive

April 26, 2011 8:32:16.585

SO after I ran the fsck, I had another panic. I looked more carefully at the report, and it looked like it was trying to run a time machine backup. Then I recalled that when I updated to 10.6.7, my backup drive had a problem - it seems that it still does. I unhooked the drive, and voila - the problem went away. I guess it's time to hit amazon for a new drive...

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Fallout New Vegas Updated

April 26, 2011 17:40:33.558

Based on what I read, this update means that the next round of Fallout: New Vegas is on the way soon:

Hotel internet, meh :)

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ST 4U 75: Modify the Fonts Used in VA Smalltalk

April 27, 2011 6:32:24.216

Today's Smalltalk 4 You takes alook at modifying the default tool fonts in VA Smalltalk. If you prefer a written walkthrough to video, then skip down to it. If you have trouble viewing it here in the browser, you can also navigate directly to YouTube. To watch now, click on the image below:

VA Tool Fonts

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Today we'll take a look at changing the fonts used in VA Smalltalk tools, including the browser. Don't like the default font you're looking at? It's easy to change. Pull down the File menu in the launcher and select Set Browser Font

Fonts

You should see the font picker tool pop up:

Font Selection

Experiment with the fonts, using the example text in the tool as a guide. Once you've found something you like, hit the Ok button, and the system will update:

Changed Fonts

That's all there is to it!

Need more help? There's a screencast for this topic which you may want to watch. Questions? Try the "Chat with James" Google gadget over in the sidebar.

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Squeak Source 3 in Beta

April 27, 2011 6:59:52.000

Spotted in The Hitchhiker's Guide to Smalltalk:

Tobias Pape announced SqueakSource3 Beta.1 called "Easter Fire" - a port of SqueakSource to Seaside 3 and Magritte 2. SqueakSource is a monticello code repository server which hosts your Smalltalk projects.

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What Imperial Ruins Look Like

April 27, 2011 8:23:18.644

It turns out that you don't need to visit Italy or Greece to see the fading remnants of former imperial glory - you can go to the Balkans and see a much more modern set of such relics - rotting Soviet era monuments - while the monuments are in what used to be Yugoslavia, and they were put up by Tito, they definitely have that "Soviet architecture" look/feel to them.  Looking at the photos makes me wonder - in 100 years, how many people who live in that area will have any idea what these monuments meant to the people who put them up?

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Scratch Day 2011

April 27, 2011 12:42:01.000

May 21st is Scratch Day:

Scratch Day is a worldwide network of gatherings, where people come together to meet other Scratchers, share projects and experiences, and learn more about Scratch. There are currently 60 events in 28 countries. Explore the map or check out the events list to learn more about Scratch Day events being planned around the world.

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JS 4U 51: Replacing HTML using JQuery

April 28, 2011 6:42:36.678

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Today's Javascript 4 You. Today we look at using JQuery selectors to select and replace an entire HTML component on a page. If you have trouble viewing it here in the browser, you can also navigate directly to YouTube.

Join the Facebook Group to discuss the tutorials. You can view the archives here.

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JQuery and CSS

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Driving Excitement

April 28, 2011 10:18:46.952

Looks like driving home tomorrow could be exciting - the weather for Hampton, VA (Where I am this week) says this for tomorrow:

Windy...isolated thunderstorms in the morning with storms becoming more widespread and possibly severe in the afternoon. Storms may produce large hail and strong winds.

That should be tons of fun :)

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STIC Stays with Georg Heeg

April 28, 2011 12:59:27.000

STIC has found a steady voice for Smalltalk advocacy - Georg Heeg. He's just been renamed executive director of STIC for the fifth year:

After a unanimous vote by the Smalltalk Industry Council board members, Georg Heeg will continue on as the Executive Director of STIC.

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Magma for Pharo

April 28, 2011 13:50:21.000

So long as you start from the right version of Pharo (follow the link for details), there's now an easy to load configuration for Magma 1.2:

I'm glad to announce a new version of ConfigurationOfMagma with support for Magma 1.2. This configuration has been tested on:

  • PharoCore 1.1.x
  • PharoCore 1.2.x

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Squeakfest 2011

April 28, 2011 17:12:12.272

Spotted in Planet Squeak

The 8th Annual Squeakfest will be held from May, 26 - May, 28 2011 at Universidad Católica in Montevideo, Uruguay.

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ST 4U 76: Changing Squeak Themes

April 29, 2011 6:36:46.038

Today's Smalltalk 4 You looks at changing Squeak Themes. If you have trouble viewing it here in the browser, you can also navigate directly to YouTube. To watch now, click on the image below:

Squeak Themes

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Decadent Drinks

April 29, 2011 22:55:08.524

Ok, this is just weird:

Cupcake Vineyards sells 14 wines but also vodkas with “creamy cupcake undertones.”
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Where Did Peter End Up?

April 30, 2011 14:00:42.007

Fringe is one of the few shows that keeps holding my interest. Last night's penultimate (for the season) episode ended with a really curious thing:

  • Peter stepped into the machine that has dominated this season
  • Next thing we see, he's older, and there seems to be street fighting going on in NYC

So we aren't really sure where he ended up - the show's "home" reality in the future, the "Walternate" reality in the future, or perhaps a universe we haven't seen yet. All we know for sure is that Peter is older, and that the people where he landed know him as a long time member of "Fringe Division". That hints at it being the Walternate reality, but it could be the home reality, and they could have created a "Fringe Division" between now and when he landed.

I guess we'll find out next week.

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IM 27: Xtreams at Smalltalk Solutions 2011

May 1, 2011 10:51:37.868

Welcome to episode 27 of Independent Misinterpretations - a Smalltalk and dynamic language oriented podcast with James Robertson, Michael Lucas-Smith, and David Buck. This week's podcast was recorded at Smalltalk Solutions 2011 - it's Michael Lucas-Smith and Martin Kobetic talking about Xtreams:.

Xtreams is a generalized stream/iterator framework providing simple, unified API for reading from different kinds of sources and writing into different kinds of destinations (Collections, Sockets, Files, Pipes, etc). Streams themselves can be sources or destinations as well. This allows to stack streams on top of each other. At the bottom of such stack is some kind of non-stream (e.g. a collection), we will call it a terminal. Directly above that is a specialized stream providing a streaming facade over the terminal. The rest of the streams in the stack we'll call transforms. Their primary purpose is to perform some kind of transformation on the elements that are passing through. Application code interacts with the top stream of the stack the same way it would with any other stream (or stream stack) producing/consuming the same elements. The goal of the framework is to provide consistent behavior between different stacks so that the application can treat them the same way regardless of what exactly is the ultimate source or destination. For example if the application code analyzes binary data, it should be able to treat the source stream the same way if it is a simple stream over a ByteArray or if it is a stack that provides contents of a specific binary part of a mulitpart, gziped, chunked HTTP response from a socket. Xtreams is an attempt to achieve this goal in a scalable and efficient manner.

If you would prefer to watch the video, scroll down to the embed. The talk was over 90 minutes long, so I've split the audio podcast in half - part two will be out next week..

You can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes (or any other podcatching software) using this feed directly or in iTunes with this one.

To listen now, you can either download the mp3 edition, or the AAC edition. The AAC edition comes with chapter markers. You can subscribe to either edition of the podcast directly in iTunes; just search for Smalltalk and look in the Podcast results. You can subscribe to the mp3 edition directly using this feed, or the AAC edition using this feed using any podcatching software. You can also download the podcast in ogg format.

If you like the music we use, please visit Josh Woodward's site. We use the song Troublemaker for our intro/outro music. I'm sure he'd appreciate your support!

If you have feedback, send it to jarober@gmail.com - or visit us on Facebook - you can subscribe in iTunes using this iTunes enabled feed.. If you enjoy the podcast, pass the word - we would love to have more people hear about Smalltalk!

Xtreams, by Michael Lucas-Smith and Martin Kobetic from Smalltalk Industry Council on Vimeo.

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IM 27: Xtreams at Smalltalk Solutions 2011 (AAC)

May 1, 2011 10:52:29.048

Welcome to episode 27 of Independent Misinterpretations - a Smalltalk and dynamic language oriented podcast with James Robertson, Michael Lucas-Smith, and David Buck. This week's podcast was recorded at Smalltalk Solutions 2011 - it's Michael Lucas-Smith and Martin Kobetic talking about Xtreams:.

Xtreams is a generalized stream/iterator framework providing simple, unified API for reading from different kinds of sources and writing into different kinds of destinations (Collections, Sockets, Files, Pipes, etc). Streams themselves can be sources or destinations as well. This allows to stack streams on top of each other. At the bottom of such stack is some kind of non-stream (e.g. a collection), we will call it a terminal. Directly above that is a specialized stream providing a streaming facade over the terminal. The rest of the streams in the stack we'll call transforms. Their primary purpose is to perform some kind of transformation on the elements that are passing through. Application code interacts with the top stream of the stack the same way it would with any other stream (or stream stack) producing/consuming the same elements. The goal of the framework is to provide consistent behavior between different stacks so that the application can treat them the same way regardless of what exactly is the ultimate source or destination. For example if the application code analyzes binary data, it should be able to treat the source stream the same way if it is a simple stream over a ByteArray or if it is a stack that provides contents of a specific binary part of a mulitpart, gziped, chunked HTTP response from a socket. Xtreams is an attempt to achieve this goal in a scalable and efficient manner.

If you would prefer to watch the video, scroll down to the embed. The talk was over 90 minutes long, so I've split the audio podcast in half - part two will be out next week..

You can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes (or any other podcatching software) using this feed directly or in iTunes with this one.

To listen now, you can either download the mp3 edition, or the AAC edition. The AAC edition comes with chapter markers. You can subscribe to either edition of the podcast directly in iTunes; just search for Smalltalk and look in the Podcast results. You can subscribe to the mp3 edition directly using this feed, or the AAC edition using this feed using any podcatching software. You can also download the podcast in ogg format.

If you like the music we use, please visit Josh Woodward's site. We use the song Troublemaker for our intro/outro music. I'm sure he'd appreciate your support!

If you have feedback, send it to jarober@gmail.com - or visit us on Facebook - you can subscribe in iTunes using this iTunes enabled feed.. If you enjoy the podcast, pass the word - we would love to have more people hear about Smalltalk!

Xtreams, by Michael Lucas-Smith and Martin Kobetic from Smalltalk Industry Council on Vimeo.

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Breaking News Lives on Twitter

May 2, 2011 6:37:38.696

I missed the whole bleeding edge of the announcement thing last night - I was busy playing a video game. However, as I look around this morning, in the aftermath of the tracking down and killing of Bin Laden, there's been an interesting technical wrinkle: Twitter seem to have been where the news broke.

If cable news is where the news used to get announced, social media, with Twitter in the lead, is where it gets broken now.

Another interesting tech aspect to all this - Danny Sullivan notes the difference in how Google worked, now and in the aftermath of 9/11.

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Facebook Code

May 2, 2011 7:04:23.727

When I gave my talk at Smalltalk Solutions 2011, I was asked a question about the Facebook interface I created while I was at Cincom - what license was that code under. Since I wrote it while I was employed at Cincom, I couldn't answer the question, so I deferred it to Cincom (some of their staff were in the presentation, and said that they would "get back to me").

Well, it's May now, and Smalltalk Solutions was nearly two months ago. I'm still waiting for an answer :)

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ST 4U 77: The VA Workspace

May 2, 2011 8:40:13.257

Today's Smalltalk 4 You takes an overview look at the workspace tool in VA Smalltalk. If you prefer a written walkthrough to video, then skip down to it. If you have trouble viewing it here in the browser, you can also navigate directly to YouTube. To watch now, click on the image below:

VA Workspace

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One of the most commonly used tools in any Smalltalk implementation is the workspace - it's where you do ad-hoc testing and exploratory coding. VA Smalltalk is no different - th eonly thing you have to know is that the Workspace is opened via File>>New in the Launcher, not via a menu item labeled "Workspace:

Open a Workspace

Once that's open, you can do exactly what you would expect - start typing Smalltalk code and executing it. There's full support for workspace variables, so you don't need to create temporary declarations and line your executions up. Here's the new workspace:

Workspace

Now you can try typing in some Smalltalk code and executing it:

Workspace Code

Workspace Execution

As you would expect, that gets you an inspector. You don't need to highlight the variable in question; you can just put the cursor down after it. You can also highlight any expression, of course.

Inspector

The toolbar contains a lot of additional functionality, including access to senders/implementors; simply highlight a message send, and use those. As shown in the screencast, each toolbar item has tooltip help - just walk across the workspace and explore for yourself.

Need more help? There's a screencast for other topics like this which you may want to watch. Questions? Try the "Chat with James" Google gadget over in the sidebar.

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Objective-C in Smalltalk

May 2, 2011 18:20:58.665

Sean DeNegris has been doing some cool stuff with Smalltalk and Objective-C:

I’ve been playing with an Objective-C Bridge in Squeak and Pharo. Now I can do cool Cocoa things in-image! For example, sometimes I need a Mac app’s bundle identifier. I previously used a Ruby script.

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JS 4U 52: Prepend and Append

May 3, 2011 6:51:40.244

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Today's Javascript 4 You. Today we look at using JQuery selectors to select an element, and use prepend and append to modify it. If you have trouble viewing it here in the browser, you can also navigate directly to YouTube.

Join the Facebook Group to discuss the tutorials. You can view the archives here.

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JQuery and CSS

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It's Not Hell, but you Can See it From There

May 3, 2011 10:58:47.202

My brain hurts.

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OpenQwaq Released

May 3, 2011 16:57:44.789

Spotted in Torsten's Blog:

The OpenQwaq project is based on the commercial software that Teleplace has been delivering to the market over the past four years. It is a highly-secure, enterprise-class virtual collaboration platform that has been used by large commercial enterprises and federal agencies. The OpenQwaq project enables organizations - large and small, profit and not-for-profit - to implement virtual workspaces for their specific needs.

Licensed under GPL2, so you may need to look into whether you can make use of it in your context.

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Learn Smalltalk in French

May 3, 2011 17:26:05.000

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Smalltalk in Toronto

May 3, 2011 17:55:37.659

Bob Nemec runs the Smalltalk STUG in Toronto, Canada, and has an interesting post up:

I've been involved with the Toronto Smalltalk User Group for 20 years now, the past dozen or so as the primary organizer. Lately we've had a few people show up that were new to Smalltalk and wanted to learn more. We talk to them about the simple syntax, show them Pharo and Seaside, tell them about the other dialects, and try whatever we can to get them enthused.

He goes on to talk about the things he likes about Smalltalk; go read the whole thing.

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JTalk adds DNU Support

May 3, 2011 22:56:13.000

Jtalk (Smalltalk on Javascript) now has support for DNU.

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