Most of the slides from the presentations at this year’s Smalltalk Solutions conference are now on line.

The material available includes Gilad Bracha’s talk on Newspeak, James Foster’s guide to building a Seaside application using GemStone/S, Michael Rueger’s introduction to Sophie, Arden Thomas demonstrating WebVelocity in action, and Randal Schwartz’s double-header keynote: Seaside – Your Next Web Framework and an introduction to persistency solutions for use with Seaside.  

There are also slides from a couple of sessions looking at the reasons for the recent resurgence of interest in Smalltalk: Arden Thomas looks at the features of Smalltalk that other languages lack, and Rob Rothwell explains how Smalltalk helps with the development of healthcare applications.

There are many more slide-packs available, and still more to be added, so please check out the conference page for more information. James Robertson is adding video and audio as it becomes available.

The Smalltalk Industry Council’s annual Smalltalk Solutions conference is coming up on 18-21 June 2008 in Reno, Nevada. Smalltalk Solutions brings together Smalltalk users, developers, and enthusiasts as well as those interested in the latest Smalltalk technology.

This year’s agenda has a host of fascinating topics and speakers lined up, with keynote presentations from Gilad Bracha comparing Newspeak with Smalltalk, Randal Schwartz reviewing persistence solutions for Seaside, and David Simmons from Microsoft on dynamic languages and secure cloud systems.

Other topics include Sophie, uses of Smalltalk in industry, running Seaside on Gemstone/S, an introduction to Aida/Scribo CMS, as well as overviews of many new tools and packages.

It looks like a packed agenda, but no doubt there also will be ample time to get to meet other Smalltalkers, put faces to names, and catch up on the newest developments in the Smalltalk world.

William Hartford writes:

Fellow Squeakers,

As most of you know, due to the fantastic work of Chris Cunnington, Squeak was able to acquire a booth at Smalltalk Solutions this year. I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to volunteer to work the booth for the two days of the convention. We had a fabulous location and got a tremendous amount of traffic. The Smalltalk community, while small, is one of the most intelligent, kind, supportive, and fun communities I have ever been involved in. I would like to thank all Smalltalk Solution attendees for there kind words, Squeak cheerleading, and help with answering questions when the crowds got large.

Bert Freudenberg was kind enough to lend us a OLPC laptop. This was the major draw of non-Smalltalkers to our booth. Many of the people knew nothing of Smalltalk but had heard of the OPLC project. The etoys demo was beautiful and if gave us a real opportunity to explain a little about Squeak, Smalltalk, and etoys.

Tim Rowledge generously sent me 45 silver and 5 gold badges. We were able to sell 27 silver badges raising $324 Canadian for the Squeak Foundation. The badges are beautiful and if you have not yet had the opportunity to buy one I recommend that you do. If you are in the Toronto area come out to the Beach Outings Club and I will have some on hand.

I could not of dreamed how well it went. The booth was fantastic, the people were kind, and the interest in Squeak exceeded my expectations.

Thanks for all the support,
Will Harford