[Esug-list] "Pharo is Smalltalk inspired"

Helge Nowak hknowak at yahoo.de
Thu Jul 31 07:20:12 EDT 2014

Dear Clément,

thank you for your valuable contribution. So, what you are saying is that none of the Smalltalks around (VA Smalltalk, GemStone, Smalltalk/X, Dolphin, VisualWorks, ObjectStudio  etc, pp.) is Smalltalk.

Kent Beck once used the term "balkanization". The point of my email was to open eyes to not run into that behaviour! It won't help the Smalltalk community - to which I still count Pharo ... and hope you do too!

 Von: Clément Bera <bera.clement at gmail.com>
An: Helge Nowak <hknowak at yahoo.de> 
CC: "pharo-business at lists.pharo.org" <pharo-business at lists.pharo.org>; "pharo-consortium at lists.gforge.inria.fr" <pharo-consortium at lists.gforge.inria.fr>; ESUG <esug-list at lists.esug.org> 
Gesendet: 13:00 Donnerstag, 31.Juli 2014
Betreff: Re: [Esug-list] "Pharo is Smalltalk inspired"

2014-07-31 12:05 GMT+02:00 Helge Nowak <hknowak at yahoo.de>:

Dear Pharoers,
>I stumbled
upon Doru’s (BTW excellent, as usual) presentation on Live Objects at NDC 2014.
In there he states “Pharo is Smalltalk inspired. … we want to point ourselves
that we are Smalltalk inspired because we want to move towards the future”. This
implies three things: 
>	1. Pharo is NOT Smalltalk
>	2. All Smalltalks are not moving towards
the future
>	3. The Pharo community wants to get
divorced from the community that gave them birth
>I am
wondering whether this is indeed the official position of the Pharo community?
And how the Smalltalkers think about it.

Well, I tried to open a smalltalk-80 image recently and it didn't work on the Pharo VM. 
In addition, it seems that recent Pharo images cannot run on the Xerox-D microcoded machines.

So I think clearly Pharo is not Smalltalk for obvious backward compatibility issues.

I love mails about this topic it really makes my day each time :-).

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