Minding Your Business With Smalltalk
There has been a lot of talk about the future of Smalltalk. There are number of Object Oriented Languages that are candidates for replacing Smalltalk. Why has Smalltalk lasted so long? Why do business software suppliers still choose Smalltalk? Who are the people that still bet on the future of Smalltalk and how do they manage to succeed. Read the rest of this entry »

Someone just recommend this video to me. I thought it was very interesting perspective about orgainizing and managing an open source project so I thought I’d share it with the community.
Google Tech Talks January 25, 2007


Every open source project runs into people who are selfish, uncooperative, and disrespectful. These people can silently poison the atmosphere of a happy developer community. Come learn how to identify these people and peacefully de-fuse them before they derail your project. Told through a series of (often amusing) real-life anecdotes and experiences.

Taking the Beat of Cadence

29 January, 2007


Gilad Bracha is a legend in Object Oriented Programming. He is the Co-Author of the Java Language Specification and one of the major contributors to Strongtalk which has just been released by Sun under an Open Source License.

Gilad is forming a team at Cadence and is raising eye brows with his latest hires. Eliot Miranda and Vassili Bykov recently left Cincom to join Gilad at Cadence . Eliot is well-known known as a Master of Smalltalk Development. Vassili Bykov was the lead tool builder of VisualWorks. We can’t help wondering about the team of Gilad, Eliot, and Vassili. I spoke with Gilad about Cadence, Smalltalk, and Open Source. Read the rest of this entry »

Sun Rise or Sun Set?

29 December, 2006


Was Sun deciding between using Smalltalk and writing Java? This question was reciently raised on Squeak-Dev. Eric Clayburg, V.P. of Development at ParcPlace-Digitalk in 1996, recalls discussions from that time.

This discussion raises many questions about what might have been. The real question is where is Smalltalk going. I will be writing a few articles on this subject comming up trying to answer the question: Is the sun rising or setting on Smalltalk?

Ron Teitelbaum
President / Principal Software Engineer
US Medical Record Specialists

Breaking Barriers

7 December, 2006

Video: Codebreakers – BBC

Continuing the discussion of Open Source and the One Laptop Per Child project (OLPC), here is a terrific article: Breaking Barriers. Thank you Diego Gomez Deck for pointing it out. Squeak even has a mention in conjunction with the Extramadura Project on page 77 (adobe doc page 88). Read the rest of this entry »

The Fight for Open Source

7 October, 2006

Open Source vs. Private Development

By: Ron Teitelbaum * Ron@USMedRec.com

It’s an important question: Where does the advantage lie? When private development funds projects, full time and very talented people can be attracted by money and the potential financial rewards that come from private ownership. Open source development has the advantage of larger numbers of part time development resources.

This article focuses on the benefits of open source vs. private development, what the limitations are, real or imagined, and where is this all leading.

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