Squeak Turns 20!

31 October, 2016

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Craig Latta writes:

Hi all–

Happy 20th birthday to us! It was twenty years ago that Dan Ingalls and the rest of Alan Kay’s team announced Squeak to the world. You really changed things with this run at the fence. ūüôā¬† Thanks again!



Back to the Future

The Story of Squeak, A Practical Smalltalk Written in Itself


Dan Ingalls Ted Kaehler John Maloney Scott Wallace Alan Kay




Scratch on CHIP

The wildly popular C.H.I.P. comes pre-loaded with Scratch!

Nice play C.H.I.P.!

Squeak 4.5 Released!

21 March, 2014


From Chris Muller:

So!  Let it be known!  Squeak 4.5 is released!

Home page is here:  http://www.squeak.org

4.5 release notes are here:  http://wiki.squeak.org/squeak/6193

Excellent Job Everyone!!  Can you tell we are excited!

Bert VM Icon(icon by Bert)

Word has it that Clément Béra is working With Eliot Miranda on Cog.  Göran pointed out Clements excellent blog: here, to me a few weeks ago after meeting him at ESUG.

From Eliot: Clément Béra is, amongst other things, working on Cog performance, looking at adaptive optimization/speculative inlining (Sista in Cog, for Speculative Inlining Smalltalk Architecture).

I just wanted to welcome¬†Cl√©ment¬†B√©ra and to say thank you to everyone working on the VM for both communities, you know who you are (and we do to) and especially Eliot for working on Cog and keeping the advancements coming! ¬†Hip Hip … and all that.

Kay SketckPad Ivan Sutherland


Alan Kay Meeting the Next Generation.  See the talk here: http://www.heidelberg-laureate-forum.org/blog/video/lecture-friday-september-27-alan-kay/



Etoys, children, a funny hat and a handmade Smalltalk balloon.  What more could you ask for!  Looks like a great day for everyone.

Read more about it here: http://squeaklandnews.blogspot.de/

Sad news. ¬†Most of the Smalltalk community knows all about Doug through stories shared by Alan. ¬†Some of you have been lucky enough to have met him. ¬†Much of what we know about computers was invented by some really terrific minds. ¬†Today we lost one of the best. ¬†It is amazing how far technology has progressed in such a short time. ¬†We are lucky to live in a time that still has so many of the great inventors still alive. ¬†It’s an amazing time to be standing the the shoulders of giants. ¬†Alan Kay reminds us that all of the present is not made up of all of the past. ¬†Only part of what was done back then survived and is in use today. ¬†Some of our history is better than our present. ¬†We should all take a moment and remember that past.

I couldn’t help but notice that Doug has three controls. ¬†The Mouse the keyboard and what? ¬†A function menu? ¬†A view selector? Just what is that left hand doing? ¬†I know I’ve tried to explain ctrl-c to people and even today many people have no idea that keyboard shortcuts exist. ¬†Just a thought.




Don’t miss Tim’s interview with SmalltalkInspect! ¬†You can find it here:¬†Smalltalk under the Pi: an Interview with tim Rowledge

In this episode we talk to tim Rowledge about his work on Smalltalk VMs over the years, especially for the RISC OS Platform and ARM machines.. The latest and probably hottest thing in this arena is his port of Squeak to the Raspberry Pi. This is not only cool in itself, but more importantly enables Raspberry Pi users to use Scratch and EToys on this little machine on RISC OS (the Raspbian Linux version existed before). You can probably imagine how much fun we had in recording this session.



Don’t miss the new Etoys book:¬†http://wiki.squeakland.org/index.php/LearningWithEtoysI3.

Etoys is:

  • an educational tool for teaching children powerful ideas in compelling ways
  • a media-rich authoring environment and visual programming system
  • a free software program that works on almost all personal computers

All school children should have the opportunity to engage with computers in the most meaningful way. Learning to think and using the computer to discover and work with powerful ideas is the knowledge of true value. The community of Etoys users is working toward the dream of having all students become computer literate. This book only covers a small portion of those items. As you and your students learn some of the basic techniques, you will find more and more uses for them. The process of learning Etoys is just that, a process; the learning is on-going even though projects are begun and finished. Students will enjoy becoming experts and sharing their knowledge with others in the classroom.

Imagine this: A group of learners want to visualize what they¬†Imagine so they go to Etoys to¬†Invent their dreams and¬†Inspire each other by building on their various Etoys projects. Today’s learners need this kind of experience to be prepared for the future.

For more information about Etoys visit www.squeakland.org


Bert Freudenberg announced new Smalltalk Bindings for Minecraft Pi.  See his blog post here.