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The Place for Smalltalk

April 6, 2011 14:30:04.000

A new Smalltalk hosting environment (code repository) is in the process of bootstrapping:

We've been working on a new code repository & project management application for Smalltalk with ESUG named SmalltalkHub. If everything goes fine, the app should be in public beta in a week. The source code of SmalltalkHub will be available at the same moment (the project itself is hosted by SmalltalkHub).

Nicholas Petton has posted a screen shot of the work in progress.

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ST 4U 66: Parsing XML in Squeak

April 6, 2011 9:36:25.620

Today's Smalltalk 4 You looks at the XML Parser that comes with Squeak 4.2. 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:

XML Parsing

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Pharo 1.2.1 is Out

April 6, 2011 8:31:52.968

Pharo 1.2.1 has shipped:

The Pharo Project is proud to announce the release of Pharo 1.2.1, the third major release of this clean, innovative, open-source Smalltalk environment.

Follow the link for more details and download info.

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More Pharo Doc

April 6, 2011 6:17:02.820

Looks like using Metacello in Pharo just got easier - there's been a doc refresh:

here is a new version of the metacello chapter. So we wrote it, rewrote it, rerewrote it. Now if this is of interest for you you can read it

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Running an Older VAST?

April 5, 2011 20:20:38.000

Instantiations has a really detailed migration guide online - looks like it has all the information about upgrading that you could possibly need.

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Packaging VA Smalltalk Apps

April 5, 2011 16:47:57.000

Looks like Thomas Koschate is going to be exploring the topic of packaging VA Smalltalk apps. I've done a lot of work on the equivalent process in VW; I'll be interested to see what he has to say for comparison purposes.

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iPad Desire

April 5, 2011 11:51:51.000

In China, even the dead want iPads....

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JS 4U 44: More on JQuery Selectors

April 5, 2011 8:14:23.222

Javascript 4 U

Today's Javascript 4 You. Today we focus in a little more on how to use JQuery selectors to locate and operate on specific page elements. 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 Selectors

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Talking Smalltalk

April 5, 2011 5:46:23.512

WebQA interviews Nicholas Petton about the various Smalltalk projects he's been involved with - including JTalk, his latest.

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Memory Restored

April 4, 2011 15:53:41.695

Last week my Mac starting having bizarre errors - games wouldn't run, apps started crashing. A trip to the Apple store diagnosed the problem - 4 GB of my 8 went bad. I contacted Crucial (the company I bought it from), they gave me an RMA, and shipped me a replacement. I just got the memory back in, and everything is back to the way it should be:

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ST 4U 65: Using the Installer in Squeak

April 4, 2011 8:26:21.310

Today's Smalltalk 4 You looks at the Installer framework in Squeak 4.2 - which makes it a whole lot easier to install large packages (like Seaside). 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:

Installer

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Podcast Push

April 4, 2011 7:10:15.112

I had intended to put this week's podcast out today, but I think I'll just push it to next weekend, with this week being open. The people who provide the extras - Squeak News, Design Minute, and Jobs Report - were also unable to get me anything, so we'll just wait a week. Stay tuned, and the podcast will return on Sunday. In the meantime, just go grab something from the archives :)

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The Past is a Foreign Country

April 3, 2011 8:02:34.176

That phrase really hit home with me in a personal way this weekend. I'm taking my daughter to visit colleges she's gotten accepted into (this is SUNY weekend - we hit Binghamton and Albany). I graduated from Albany back in 1984, so I was interested in seeing how the place has changed.

The biggest change I've seen thus far is how the move of the drinking age from 18 to 21 has impacted the place. There's no Rathskeller at the campus center anymore; it's a food court now. The "Across the Street Pub" is still here, but instead of an open floor plan, they now have booths and a restaurant - we ate dinner there last night.

Then there's the building boom. The Albany campus used to be pretty compact, with everything in the center, surrounded by the 4 quads. Now there's a ton of stuff on the periphery, with new buildings still going up (that last part is kind of ironic, given the wave of budget cuts that have hit SUNY over the last couple of years).

The "culture" of the place has probably shifted as well, although that would be harder for me to see. The drinking age change alone will have seen to that, never mind anything else that's happened since I left here.

All in all, it's a bit strange coming back after so much time. I haven't been on campus since 1985 or so - I visited once after I graduated. The past really is a different country - we did things differently there :)

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Podcast Later

April 2, 2011 17:55:33.516

The podcast will be out on Monday instead of Sunday this week - I'm taking my daughter on college visits, and I just don't have time to get it edited this weekend.

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On the Road, Weekend Edition

April 1, 2011 23:57:35.347

Even though it's the weekend, I'm on the road - it's time for the kid to start visiting colleges. That means a road trip instead of a good night's sleep for me :)

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Get Big, Get Stupid

April 1, 2011 12:21:16.000

You can always tell when company gets too big - it starts having internal wars that bleed out into public. Witness the internal enemies that the webspam team at Google seems to be making....

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ST 4U 64: Starting a Seaside Server in Squeak

April 1, 2011 6:32:37.149

Today's Smalltalk 4 You looks at starting the Seaside server up in a Squeak 41 image after having loaded it from scratch. 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:

Seaside in Squeak

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Mariano Martinez Peck Joins the Fray

April 1, 2011 6:14:44.539

Mariano has started blogging - with the large number of projects he's contributing to, I'm sure that he'll have a lot to say.

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JS 4U 43: JQuery Syntax 2

March 31, 2011 8:23:57.434

Javascript 4 U

Today's Javascript 4 You. Today we continue looking at the basic API (syntax, if you will) of the JQuery library - with an example. 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 Syntax

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Highlight Your Smalltalk Posts

March 30, 2011 21:34:18.824

I'll have to look into using this: a Smalltalk syntax highlighter in Javascript, suitable for making nicer code posts.

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Not Getting It

March 30, 2011 14:07:02.000

I think Dell's head of marketing doesn't really grasp the tablet space. While saying that the iPad "isn't ready for business", he explained:

“An iPad with a keyboard, a mouse and a case [means] you’ll be at $1500 or $1600; that’s double of what you’re paying," he claimed. "That’s not feasible.”

There are so many things wrong with that. First off, you don't need a mouse at all; that's the whole point of the touch interface. You navigate these devices differently. That's mostly true for keyboards as well, although, if you do decide on a keyboard, the rollup travel kind you would get is around $30. The case is also in that ballpark. Where he gets "double the cost" is beyond me; maybe he drank too much Australian beer.

What this tells me is that Dell sees tablets the same way that Microsoft does - as smaller PC's. That's not what they are at all, and seeing them that way is why Microsoft - which got into the tablet space very early - made no headway at all. If Dell looks at them that way, expect their entries to fail with a loud thud as well.

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ST 4U 63: Load Seaside into a Base Squeak Image

March 30, 2011 8:12:03.106

Today's Smalltalk 4 You looks at loading Seaside into a base Squeak image using Metacello configurations. 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:

Seaside in Squeak

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