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Welcome to the Balkans (Audio)

February 14, 2010 12:33:38.570

This week Michael and I ran across Kent Beck's "Welcome to the Balkans" post - which says in part:

The thing about a Nash Equilibrium is that what is rational from within the game can be absurd from an outside perspective. I'm calling bulls*** on the state of Smalltalk. Vendors, you're acting crazy. Have the tiniest possible core defined in terms of test cases. Build a shared library on top of that, implemented in terms of the core. Include numbers, collections, meta-objects, code structure, and code loading. None of this parcel/bundle/package/pundle/category nonsense. Compete on VMs, graphics libraries, and enterprise-y tools.

I responded to that here, and that's what we spent a lot of time talking about - how things got to that place, and how they might change over time. We're welcome to any and all feedback - you can send audio or text feedback to Smalltalk Podcasts, and we'll put them on in a future episode.

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