Coder clears head… has fun…

9 August, 2007

The Weekly Squeak often highlights news of Squeak professionals. Today I’d like to focus on a programmer new to Squeak who said some darn nice things about it. As with most of us, Squeak seemed fascinating yet unreachable when we first approached the system that contained itself. Heck, unlike most languages and environments, you have the whole world in the palm of your mouse-hand. That alone seems rather daunting.

Tom Pierce recently blogged he’s having a blast:

“I decided I needed to dedicate some time to it and not blow it off as I had so many times before. Boy, am I glad I did. It’s been 3 weeks or so now, and I’m growing extremely fond of Squeak. I have worked through some of the tutorials on Morphic programming. I’ve also played around with some of the Morphic direct programming using Viewers and scripts. I’ve been studying code and extended FileList2 to allow tagging files and storing the results with SPrevayler. I’ve been having lots of fun.

“That brings me to what is continuing to pull me into Squeakland. I’m having fun. Squeak is just fun to use and hack around in. It makes me feel creative because not only can I code up things easily, but, thanks to Morphic, I can decorate my projects and workspaces with pictures, text, drawings, etc. In fact, I could use those same elements in my Morphic applications. It just makes me feel like anything is possible and that I’m some mad, creative inventor in my little virtual lab.

Thank you Squeak team.

I couldn’t have said it any better, Tom.

You may have had similar experiences when you first delved into the world of Squeak. If you’d like to spin pleasurable, or not so pleasurable, memories, please do so in the comments below.

One Response to “Coder clears head… has fun…”

  1. Honestly, I couldn’t agree with this more. I have a tendency to pop in and out of the Squeak world periodically (although lately, I’ve been making a more concerted effort to play around in it), and every time I do, I’m caught up by the sheer sense of possibility I feel when working in it. It actually makes programming fun and interesting, as I know the entire system is open for me to explore and toy around with. Combine that with the powerful tools it lays at the feet of developers, and it’s hard not to get excited every time I open up an image and start hacking around. I just wish I could come up with more interesting projects to work on. 🙂

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