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Smalltalk Training Redux

May 13, 2011 18:51:58.705

The two weeks of Smalltalk training are done - there's a group splitting off from the place I work, and they are taking a copy of the application with them. So, I've been getting them up to speed on Smalltalk (VisualWorks, specifically) for the last few weeks (2 weeks of training with an off week in the middle). I'm on my way home now, and I feel pretty good about how it went.

It's very different from when I was doing this full time back in the early and mid 90's. Back then, I mostly saw C and Cobol developers, and just getting them past the basic OO hurdle was a problem. This group had some Java developers and some database guys; the db guys had a tougher time of it, but they seemed to be ok by the end of the second week. The Java guy in the class was fine - he had issues with some of the VW specific stuff that always gives newbies difficulty (hello, AspectAdaptors), but otherwise latched on pretty fast.

It's been fun - I had forgotten how much I enjoy teaching :)

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posted by James Robertson


Re: Smalltalk Training Redux

[Travis Griggs] May 14, 2011 2:09:24.203

Just stick to PluggableAdaptors. There really the only "transforming value model" you ever really need to know. All others can be simulated with PluggableAdaptors. Not a big surprised since PluggableAdaptors are just marrying a bit of "functional programming" on top of a simple object model.

Re: Smalltalk Training Redux

[James Robertson] May 14, 2011 2:58:48.813

Well... as hard as it is for newbies to pick up AspectAdaptors - they have even more trouble with PluggableAdaptors :)

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