The next meeting of the UK Smalltalk User Group will be on Wednesday,
Christian Haider will guide us in a tour of the Amber dialect of Smalltalk
and its Silk web framework.
In his own words...
Amber , created by Nicolas Petton, is a Smalltalk implemented in
maintainer Herby Vojčík, is a web framework in Amber.
I was looking for a good solution for the web for a long time. At the last
ESUG, I was bugging everybody about a Smalltalk in the browser, because I
decided to redo the frontend of my current project  in Smalltalk instead
So I tried it for real on a little side project  to see if this route is
viable - spoiler: it is!
Silk, the web framework, caught my attention and I fell in love with it.
Silk is very simple, straight forward and powerful, just the properties I
love Smalltalk for. A Silk is basically a facade for a DOM node in the
browser allowing the programmer to build up and manipulate the DOM in a
direct way. Silk is so easy and intuitive that it never stood in the way
and just worked. So, I could just concentrate on the complexities of the
web (and the app).
In this presentation I will walk you through the setup, show you the Amber
tools and explore what you can do with Silk. I will try to justify my
enthusiasm and appreciation for Silk :-).
About me: My name is Christian Haider  and I use Smalltalk since the
mid-90s. Fortunately, I earn my living with Smalltalk and use it on a daily
bases (mostly VisualWorks). I like programming UIs and graphics. My largest
open source contribution is a PDF library , the most significant one is
 https://unsere-gelder.de/ (in German)
 https://christianhaider.de/ (in German)
Given the current COVID-19 restrictions, this will be an online meeting
If you'd like to join us, please sign up in advance on the meeting's Meetup
page ( https://www.meetup.com/UKSTUG/events/cbklbryccdbgc/ ) to receive the
meeting details. Don’t forget to bring your laptop and drinks!