[Pharo-project] Pharo on iOS w/ faster graphics

phil at highoctane.be phil at highoctane.be
Tue Mar 27 09:55:46 EDT 2012

Hey cool!

Morphic could eat less by just reducing the frame rate and also use simple
forms and pens to draw things.

Also we have opengl under and could do a lot of interesting optimizations
through plugins.

I am onboard to work with you on that. Once the VM is built properly that

I am currently writing an app for the iPad and the touch UI is really
sometging different indeed.

Pharo on iPad has the potential to be a killer app for development. A
dynabook come true. Paired with a bluetooth keyboard on portrait position
like with the zagg I use it looks like an alto of 2012!
Le 27 mars 2012 14:32, "J.F. Rick" <self at je77.com> a écrit :

> Hi everyone,
> I've been lurking a little while here and thought I would jump in to see
> if Pharo would be appropriate for what I want to do.
> First, here's a little background about myself. I'm an academic researcher
> in human-computer interaction and educational technology. I've been
> programming in Smalltalk since the early days of Squeak. For those who
> remember, I wrote Swiki. I'm now doing work on multi-touch interfaces, such
> as interactive tabletops and tablets. There's a huge difference between
> designing interfaces for mouse / keyboard and designing for multi-touch. My
> current research interests are in creating interfaces that are optimized
> for the latter, rather than the former. Smalltalk is a great environment
> for that, because you really can rebuild the GUI from the ground up. I've
> gone ahead and worked off the work that John McIntosh did on iSqueak to
> create several applications for iPad.
> I'm thinking of transitioning from Squeak to Pharo as the current
> development state of Pharo is a bit cleaner than Squeak. I'm glad to see
> that there is some interest in getting Pharo on iOS (though there do seem
> to be problem). I'm not an Objective-C or C expert, so I wouldn't be good
> at getting the VM to work, but I would be able to go from there to creating
> some interesting widgets, frameworks, and apps that I could share with the
> community.
> One major hurdle I see in my work is that Morphic is just too slow on
> iPads. While I have been able to optimize the speed of my applications to
> have them work on Morphic, it is a lot of extra work and I may eventually
> get to a point where it won't work for what I need it to do. Is there some
> sort of magic bullet for addressing this? Cairo? Does anyone have any
> recommendations for addressing this inside Pharo? I'm not interested in 3D
> interfaces, but rather fast 2D interfaces. Any advice would be greatly
> appreciated.
> Cheers,
> Jeff
> --
> Jochen "Jeff" Rick, Ph.D.
> http://www.je77.com/
> Skype ID: jochenrick
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