Squeak in JavaScript

Dan Ingalls working at Sun Labs has just released their first version of Morphic implemented completely with JavaScript which they are calling the Lively Kernel. There is no plugin required, but your browser currently must support SVG. You should use your Safari browser for best results. It will work with Firefox but you should expect bugs. It does not work with Internet Explorer yet.

Point your supported browser here to see this exciting work! Great Job to the team at Sun, Dan Ingalls, Tommi Mikkonen, Krzysztof Palacz, and Antero Taivalsaari.

OLPC Interface

David Pogue at NYTimes reviews the One Laptop Per Child computer.  Don’t miss the video clip, it’s very cool.

Pretty cool stuff!!

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From Michael Lucas-Smith:

Hi Everyone,

Just a heads up that Industry Misinterpretations, our Smalltalk podcast, has three podcasts specifically about Seaside coming out over the next week.

Podcast #1: Myself, James Robertson, Tamara Kogan, Martin Kobetic, Arden Thomas

Podcast #2: Myself, James Robertson, Michel Bany, Alan Knight, Arden Thomas

Podcast #3: Myself, James Robertson, The entire Gemstone GLASS team

The podcasts will be appearing here:
http://www.cincomsmalltalk.com/userblogs/cincom/blogView?content=podcasts
You can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes (just search for smalltalk) or with: http://www.cincomsmalltalk.com/rssBlog/blog_podcast.xml
They’ll also be announced on James’s blog:
http://www.cincomsmalltalk.com/blog/blogView

Cheers,
Michael

Qwaq - Intel

For those of you who want to see Croquet in action, check out the keynote by Justin Rattner from Intel’s developer forum in San Francisco this morning:

http://www.intel.com/pressroom/kits/events/idffall_2007/webcasts.htm

The topic is “The rise of the 3D Internet” and Croquet is featured both in the talk in general (as an example of P2P collaboration environment) and live via a Qwaq Forums demonstration (about 15mins into the talk).

Also, a link to the press release of the Qwaq/Intel collaboration:

http://www.intel.com/pressroom/archive/releases/20070920corp_a.htm
http://www.qwaq.com/press/release_2007-09-20.html

New Seaside Paper

18 September, 2007

Seaside Article
See IEEE Software
September/October: Dynamically Typed Languages

For a very nice article about Seaside.

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Gary Chambers released new UI Enhancements for Squeak. You can now access these changes from the Squeak Source Repository or through Package Universes. You can read more by following the following threads here and here. Also check out the new UI team. Our thanks to Gary and the UI Team!!

OLPC on TV

20 August, 2007

OLPC Size

From: Michael Haupt,

The German/Swiss/Austrian TV station 3sat has a weekly 30-minute show called “neues” (roughly translated “new things”) which deals with IT-related information. Yesterday’s show was focusing on bringing IT to isolated regions and emerging nations as well as developing countries. The show featured an article on mesh networks in Ecuador and the Linux4Africa project.

Linux4Africa is a German project collecting old but functional hardware. The components are cleaned, repaired (if necessary), bestowed with an Edubuntu Linux installation, and sent to Tanzania and Moçambique.

12 of the show’s 30 minutes were dedicated to an extensive coverage of the OLPC project. Etoys and Squeak were mentioned several times during the feature. The project itself was introduced, and Bert Freudenberg was interviewed about the technical features of the XO laptop, which was presented in detail.

There were also two interviews in the studio. Two members of GTZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit; German Society for Technical Cooperation) responsible for XO distribution in Ethiopia talked about the project in general and about the impressive progress children made when working with the XO.

The other interview – which filled the first slot in the OLPC coverage – featured two students from Hasso Plattner Institute, Potsdam, who have developed strategic and skill-improving games for the XO in the Software Architecture Group‘s course on software architectures.

All in all, the editorial staff at 3sat did a tremendous job in preparing this show. To the writer’s knowledge, this was the first time the OLPC project was presented at such a level of detail in German television. Germany being a country where the the project has no actual lobby, it is important to have such media coverage – it would be nice to see much, much more of it.

The entire show can be watched online (in German).

Dynamic Languages 2

Call For Papers!

Are you ready to OOPSLA!!

The Dynamic Language Symposium is looking for participants.

D L S 2 0 0 7

Dynamic Languages Symposium

October 22, 2007
Palais des congres de Montreal
Montreal, Canada

co-located with OOPSLA 2007
sponsored by ACM SIGPLAN

http://www.swa.hpi.uni-potsdam.de/dls07/

The Dynamic Languages Symposium (DLS) is a forum for discussion of dynamic languages, their implementation and application. While mature dynamic languages including Smalltalk, Lisp, Scheme, Self, and Prolog continue to grow and inspire new converts, a new generation of dynamic scripting languages such as Python, Ruby, PHP, and JavaScript are successful in a wide range of applications. DLS provides a place for researchers and practitioners to come together and share their knowledge, experience, and ideas for future research and development.

This year 30 papers were submitted to the Dynamic Languages Symposium of which 9 papers were accepted. The program committee reviewed each paper and met electronically to select papers for the final program.

We are pleased host invited talks by Mark Miller and Jim Hugunin.

The program of the Dynamic Languages Symposium is available from http://www.swa.hpi.uni-potsdam.de/dls07/

Please note that participation in DLS requires registration with OOPSLA at http://www.regmaster.com/conf/oopsla2007.html or http://www.oopsla.org/oopsla2007/

Contact:
Pascal Costanza (pascal.costanza @ vub.ac.be)

Robert Hirschfeld (hirschfeld @ hpi.uni-potsdam.de)

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Five years after the concept was first proposed, the so-called $100 laptop is poised to go into mass production. Check out the BBC Article.