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ST 4U 97: Publishing to VAST Goodies.com

June 20, 2011 4:07:09.007

Today's Smalltalk 4 You looks at how you use the VASTGoodies.com tools to contribute code back to the VA Smalltalk community. It's pretty easy, as you'll see in the video. If you need more details, visit the place I learned about this! 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:

Contributing Code.

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Today we'll be going back to the VASTGoodies.com site, and walking through the process of contributing code to the site. Using the tools we downloaded last time, this is pretty easy. First, we load the goodies into our image. Then, in a Configuration Maps Browser, select a configuration and note the two new items towards the bottom:

Configuration Maps

Select Edit Annotations to bring up a properties window. This is how you specify the various bits of information that appear on the website itself, giving information to other users about you:

Developer Details

Developer Details

Select the Project tab to fill in details about your project:

Project Details

Project Details

Now, hit the Ok button, and go back to the Configuration Map Browser. Select the Publish to VASTGoodies.com option in the menu:

Publish

You'll get a confirmation dialog - just hit Ok:

Confirm Publish

Now go back to the web browser and refresh the page - you should see your project in the list. That's all there is to it.

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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Seaside 3.0.5 Released

June 20, 2011 8:23:40.000

The latest update is now available:

We are pleased to announce the release of Seaside 3.0.5. This is a minor release for Seaside 3.0 that introduces Pharo 1.2 and jQuery 1.6 support. We recommend all users of Seaside 3.0 to update. A changelog is available

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Xtreams Marshaling and Multiplexing

June 20, 2011 11:26:09.000

Michael Lucas-Smith has announced some interesting updates to the Xtreams framework - follow the link for all the details.

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Moose Suite 4.5

June 20, 2011 19:11:21.376

The 4.5 release of Moose is out.

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JS 4U 66: More JQuery Selector Types

June 21, 2011 7:45:23.128

Javascript 4 U

Today's Javascript 4 You. Today we look at a some more ways to use JQuery selectors to grab specific page elements and operate on them. 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.

To watch now, click on the image below:

Selecting

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Spoon Progress

June 21, 2011 8:24:19.000

Craig Latta has gotten a first cut at modularizing Smalltalk packages for his Spoon project done - he's posted the modules and their contents at the link.

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ST 4U 98: Trailblazer Browsers

June 22, 2011 7:43:18.470

Today's Smalltalk 4 You looks at the Trailblazer tools in VA Smalltalk - specifically, how to load them and turn them on. In future screencasts, we'll take a closer look at them and explore their functionality. 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:

Trailblazer.

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The basic browsers in VA Smalltalk are not your only option - you can also load the Trailblazer tools, which look and behave a little differently. Today we'll look at a few basics for Trailblazer, starting with how to get the tools loaded. First, open the Load features UI:

Load Features

Next, scroll down, select Trailblazer, and move it to the right:

Select Trailblazer

Note the message in the transcript - the Trailblazer tools are not on by default. To turn them on, go to the Tools menu, and toggle the Trailblazer option on:

Trailblazer off

Trailblazer on

Now, open the Configuration Maps Browser, and you'll see a different tool than what we've looked at previously:

Trailblazer Tool

Try opening the Application browser - you'll see that's different as well:

Trailblazer Tool

Remember that you can now toggle this on and off from the Tools menu - if you end up preferring the base tools, just turn Trailblazer off.

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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Smalltalks 2011 Call For Papers

June 22, 2011 9:39:18.000

It's time to start preparing for Smalltalks 2011:

SMALLTALKS 2011
5th International Conference on Smalltalk Technologies
Research Track: Call for Papers
November 3th - 5th, 2011

Important dates:

Submission (Hard Deadline): August 22th, 2011 (Argentinian time:
UTC/GMT -3 hours).
Notification of acceptance: September 23th, 2011.
Camera Ready Submission: October 7th, 2011.

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Old World Blues In July

June 22, 2011 19:16:14.095

The next DLC for Fallout: New Vegas has slipped until July 19:

"Old World Blues," the third DLC pack for the game -- joining Dead Money and Honest Hearts -- arrives for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC on July 19.

With the glitches they've had on the first two, this isn't necessarily a bad thing - so long as the don't repeat the glitchiness, of course.

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Pharo Versus VisualWorks

June 22, 2011 19:21:32.385

This got posted in the VWNC mailing list (people are still wondering about NC not being available for download) - it's pretty funny:

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JS 4U 67: More JQuery Selector Types 2

June 23, 2011 7:43:04.726

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Today's Javascript 4 You. Today we look at a few more ways to use JQuery selectors. 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.

To watch now, click on the image below:

Selecting

If you have trouble viewing that directly, you can click here to download the video directly. If you need the video in a Windows Media format, then download that here.

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GNU Smalltalk Koans

June 23, 2011 21:37:25.933

Apparently, Koans are interactive tests, and they are fairly popular with the "mainstream languages". I got an email today pointing to this start at a GNU Smalltalk set of them

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ST 4U 99: VW Project Launcher

June 24, 2011 7:17:14.832

Today's Smalltalk 4 You looks at the Project Launcher in VisualWorks - a promising new tool that simplifies the way you set up Smalltalk projects. 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:

Project Launcher

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If It's Friday, my Flight Must Have Been Delayed

June 24, 2011 23:07:10.756

Well, today's delay was a good two hours - and the excitement didn't end there. The plane stopped short of the runway, the flight deck door opened, and one of the attendants took up a blocking position while one of the crew came out to look at something. A few minutes later the captain announced that there was a bigger gap between the door and the outside than the attendants thought was normal, but he figured it was ok (nervous laughter throughout the plane) - so he said we were going to head out anyway.

That was strange enough, but then a guy walks past me (I was sitting in 8D) from the back, into first class, and goes into the bathroom. None of the attendants take any notice. Ok, fine - up in first, the attendant there is taking drink orders, when suddenly we start racing down the runway, taking her by surprise - she had to sprint back to her jumpseat.

All in all, kind of a strange trip...

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Murphy Visits Minecraft Wiki

June 25, 2011 13:43:17.473

The Minecraft Wiki (and forums) are still down as I write this - from what the site owners say, it looks like Murphy visited them - good and hard.

I had been wondering whether that botched FBI raid was part of the problem, but I guess it's a far more mundane issue.

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The Minecraft Wiki Returns!

June 26, 2011 10:52:25.898

Great news for all spelunkers - the Minecraft Wiki is back.

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More Smalltalk Screencasts

June 26, 2011 14:55:45.837

If you use VisualWorks, you might find the Blue Magic tools of interest - watch these two screencasts they've pushed up. They are a bit old (2 years), but I hadn't seen them before:

Tutorial 1

Tutorial 2

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IM 35: Smalltalk at Cincom, Part 2

June 26, 2011 19:47:54.224

Welcome to episode 35 of Independent Misinterpretations - a Smalltalk and dynamic language oriented podcast with James Robertson, Michael Lucas-Smith, and David Buck.

This week I have part two of the interview Dave Buck and I conducted with Arden Thomas, Cincom's Product Manager for Smalltalk. In this segment, we mostly talked about their roadmap going forward. To listen to part 1, head here.

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!

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IM 35: Smalltalk at Cincom, Part 2 (AAC)

June 26, 2011 19:48:34.784

Welcome to episode 35 of Independent Misinterpretations - a Smalltalk and dynamic language oriented podcast with James Robertson, Michael Lucas-Smith, and David Buck.

This week I have part two of the interview Dave Buck and I conducted with Arden Thomas, Cincom's Product Manager for Smalltalk. In this segment, we mostly talked about their roadmap going forward. To listen to part 1, head here.

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!

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More Spoon Progress

June 27, 2011 7:27:19.000

Craig Latta is still making progress with Spoon

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ST 4U 100: Exploring Trailblazer

June 27, 2011 8:54:39.373

Today's Smalltalk 4 You takes a closer look at Trailblazer, focusing on the Configuration Map Browser. 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:

Trailblazer.

If you have trouble viewing that directly, you can click here to download the video directly. If you need the video in a Windows Media format, then download that here.

You can also watch it on YouTube:


Once you've turned on the Trailblazer tools, you can start to see where the name comes from. Open up the Configuration Maps browser, and look at the drop down menu highlighted below. In the main text area below it, you'll see the "trail" that brought you here:

Trailblazer

Next, scroll down, select Trailblazer, and move it to the right:

Select Trailblazer

Select Trailblazer

Now, select one of the editions for the map - notice how the view below chages. Now that you are looking at a specific edition, you can see more than History and Trail:

Applications off

Expand that menu, and you'll see that you can view notes, comments, and a number of other things specific to the selected edition. Go ahead and select each one, and look at how the view changes for each:

Explore Options

For long lived projects, one of the more interesting views is History. Select that and you can see all of the branch history, from the origin of the selected edition to where it is now:

History

Finally, select Pre-Requisites. For the CounterMap I'm using here, you won't see any - recall that I set those at the map level, and we are looking at the applications that make up the map. The point is that Trailblazer lets you drill down to that level right here:

PreReqs

Remember that you can now toggle this on and off from the Tools menu - if you end up preferring the base tools, just turn Trailblazer off.

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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I Always Wanted to be Ash

June 27, 2011 15:23:43.361

But not the part referenced here:

If this technology developed by researchers at the University of Tokyo ever ends up as a commercial product, then you could have the terrifying experience of your hand being possessed, moving itself without any commands from your own brain. You would, for all intents and purposes, become Bruce Campbell’s Ashley ‘Ash’ J. Williams in The Evil Dead.

Follow the link for a few photos and an embedded video.

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