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Smalltalk Portability

January 30, 2010 11:30:30.651

Julian Fitzell notes that necessity is the mother of invention:

In our work on other projects, we found the same portability challenges came up over and over and we wanted to use the tools we had developed for Seaside to address them. So we began to split out the Seaside-specific functionality, allowing us to leverage the generic parts it in our other work. And thus Grease was born.

Over the years there have been many, many attempts at portability layers for the various Smalltalk implementations; none has ever stuck. I have a bit more faith in this one, because it's being driven by the needs of an actual project, instead of by the more typical hypothetical needs of some abstract project.

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