Monday, April 13, 2009

Smalltalks 2009...

So, my friend... in 2007, we started having a yearly Smalltalk conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In its first edition, we had about 300 registrations and a huge variety of high quality presentations. Last year's edition had material I didn't even dare suspect Smalltalk was being used for. Some of the presentations I remember fondly are:

  • How Smalltalk was used to improve the quality of service given by emergency dispatchers for a very large city, leading to e.g.: less deaths.
  • Percolation of viscous liquids through porous materials. This research effort produced original results.
  • How to write your own hard drive controller driver from Smalltalk in 5 minutes, after booting directly into Smalltalk without running an operating system.
  • A Commodore 64 emulator that works faithfully (I owned a Commodore 128, I know the Commodore 64 very well) and in real time.
This is seriously exciting stuff! And yes, we will have Smalltalks 2009 this year. Stay tuned...

2 comments:

Stinckwich said...

Andres, do you have a reference for the first application. I'm interested.

Andres said...

Here's a PDF I found.

http://cablemodem.fibertel.com.ar/expertcare/expertcare/ExpertCare%20-%20Innovation%20Technology%20Awards%20-%20ESUG.pdf

Also, here are some slides from ESUG. You should contact Carlos Ferro (see the PPT file).

http://74.125.95.132/search?q=cache:z5FytD71JYkJ:vst.ensm-douai.fr/Esug2008Media/uploads/1/ENG_Automatic_Strategies_for_Decision_Support_in_Telephone_Triage.ppt+carlos+ferro+expertcare&cd=10&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us