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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.

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Selecting

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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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JS 4U 68: Using Multiple Buttons with JQuery

June 28, 2011 8:56:57.380

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Today's Javascript 4 You looks at using multiple buttons with JQuery (and thus, forgetting the simplified button use that's possible if you only need one). 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:

Buttons

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Flash Becoming Irrelevant?

June 29, 2011 9:40:04.354

If Google's Swiffy project picks up steam, you have to wonder why people would bother. Also, since Google is generally ok with Flash on Android, it says a lot about the stability of Flash on mobile devices that Google is doing this:

Swiffy converts Flash SWF files to HTML5, allowing you to reuse Flash content on devices without a Flash player (such as iPhones and iPads). Swiffy currently supports a subset of SWF 8 and ActionScript 2.0, and the output works in all Webkit browsers such as Chrome and Mobile Safari. If possible, exporting your Flash animation as a SWF 5 file might give better results.

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Smalltalk Criticism

June 29, 2011 9:55:28.274

This critique seems pretty bitter (and at points inaccurate as well) - but you can't only point to the good stuff, either. See if you think Richard Kulisz has a point.

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The Fallout Way

June 29, 2011 10:27:21.878

This image pretty much says everything you need to know about the Fallout series of games:

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ST 4U 101: Exploring Editions with Trailblazer

June 29, 2011 11:21:59.923

Today's Smalltalk 4 You continues our exploration of the Trailblazer tools, looking at the Application Editions 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:


Today we'll continue our overview of the Trailblazer tools, examing the Applications Editions browser. Go to the launcher and open that up:

Trailblazer

Like the configuration maps tool with Trailblazer, the lower pane configures itself based on your "trail" through the tool:

Application Editions

To give you an idea as to how it operates, let's scroll down to one of the Applications we created in an earlier screencast - CounterTestsApp:

Select an App

Next, select the true in the configuration expressions pane. At first, you'll think that most of the panes shifted contents, but in fact, you've scrolled right to the selected tab. If you have a wide enough display setting, you may not even notice:

Config Expressions

Notice the menu at the bottom. If you select Trail, you'll see where you are, logically speaking. If you select SubApplications, you'll see nothing (there are none for this application). Select Pre-Requisites, and you'll see a nice selector for those:

History

PreReqs

If you turn Trailblazer off in the launcher (note the checkbox in the tools menu), you can bring the original Application Editions browser up for comparison purposes. It's quite a bit busier than the Trailblazer version:

Compare Tools

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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Smalltalk Bounty

June 29, 2011 12:07:31.528

Boris Popov has posted a bounty being offered by the company he works for:

DeepCove Labs will pay an equivalent of CAD $400 (four hundred Canadian dollars) to whomever delivers an updated version of Windows Goodies with RequestingPrinter that works in VisualWorks 7.8 and, of course, we’ll contribute that version back to VisualWorks for others to make use of.

Follow the link for the full context and details - and see if you can lend a paid hand!

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Pharo Going Modular

June 29, 2011 15:42:32.000

Torsten reports on the progress happening in the Pharo Kernel project:

As you may know Pavel is working on Pharo Kernel - a small Smalltalk kernel that is stripped down from Pharo Core image. Meanwhile there is also a 3MB Pharo-Kernel-Gofer image available that has networking support and Gofer (a pharo installer to load packages) installed.
With this it is possible to reload back the various packages from Core image on top of the kernel image. By running the tests afterwards it is possible to check if anything is OK. So far the result is very promising and since all of this is automatically built using the continuous integration server it is possible to control changes and watch progress.

Yet again, interesting work in Smalltalk that isn't really being addressed at the vendor level. All of the really interesting energy is at the open source level....

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Things I Should Have Known

June 29, 2011 18:13:59.461

Pat Maddox and David Brady run a software development oriented podcast over at AddCasts. Subscribed in iTunes!

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Microsoft is the New IBM

June 29, 2011 18:29:09.000

If it wasn't obvious before, their cloud offering makes it crystal clear. This is a company that is headed for a huge fall. I doubt they'lll disappear like DEC, but it would not suprise me at all to watch them become a middling player in the space with declining influence.

Here's ZDNet quoting from the offering:

We encourage you to buy the plan family (Plans P or E) you want to move forward with in the future. If, after purchase, you decide you want a plan from a different family, you will have to cancel your subscription and then buy a different plan (e.g., cancel your subscription to Plan P and then buy Plan E). Please be aware that your data may not be preserved, and you will have to provide sign up information again.

The only signups MS will get is from their existing corporate accounts; no new buyer will be able to figure the plans out.

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