Monday, March 09, 2009

Smalltalk coming to a computer near you...

I just found this article about Scratch, which is written in Squeak. Some impressions...

Granted, these were exceedingly simple applications. Little more than a year into its launch, Scratch is focused on games and playful apps that revolve around images, animation, and music. But its building blocks - which can rightly be called building blocks - are remarkably intuitive. Five minutes after launching the environment for the first time, you can snap together an app that, say, pixelates a digital photo when you clap your hands.

More mass publicity, please :). We should also keep in mind that if the goal of Scratch is for everybody to write computer programs, well... Smalltalk was designed for that to begin with.

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