[Pharo-project] SciSmalltalk

Stéphane Ducasse stephane.ducasse at inria.fr
Wed Mar 28 01:16:59 EDT 2012

excellent initiative.


On Mar 28, 2012, at 3:38 AM, Serge Stinckwich wrote:

> Dear all,
> we already discuss about that in the moose and pharo mailing-list.
> Maybe this is too late, but please find a small proposal for gsoc 2012 below.
> ================================================================
> Name: SciSmalltalk
> Level: Intermediate
> Possible mentor: Serge Stinckwich
> Possible second mentor: ?
> Description
> Smalltalk has at that time no equivalent to mathematical libraries
> like NumPy, SciPy (Python) or SciRuby (Ruby).
> The goal of the SciSmalltalk project is to develop an open-source
> library of mathematical for the Smalltalk programming language (MIT
> Licence).
> Technical Details
> The development of this project is to be done in Pharo Smalltalk, but
> the code should be portable to other Smalltalk flavors.
> Numerous Smalltalk projects provide already some basic functionalities
> (complex and quaternions extensions, random number generator, fuzzy
> algorithms, LAPACK linear algebra package, Didier Besset's numerical
> methods, ...). A first task will be to do an audit of all the existing
> projects that provide some mathematical stuff and build a Pharo
> Configuration to load them in a fresh Pharo Smalltalk image. After
> that, the student help by his/her mentors will decide what are the
> numeric algorithms to develop in priority.
> The student will need to know some basic numeric algorithms usually
> found in such libraries.
> Units tests should also be provided.
> Benefits to the Student
> The student will help the Smalltalk community in a very concrete way.
> The student will learn to design well-designed code with tests.
> Benefits to the Community
> Having a package providing more elaborate numeric libraries is really
> important to develop the use Smalltalk in new domains (robotics, high
> performance computing, computer vision, bio-computing, ...). The lack
> of numeric librairies hamper the use of the Smalltalk in a scientific
> context at the moment. An another goal of this project is to develop a
> community of people interested by these topic.
> Regards,
> -- 
> Serge Stinckwich
> UMI UMMISCO 209 (IRD/UPMC), Hanoi, Vietnam
> Every DSL ends up being Smalltalk
> http://doesnotunderstand.org/

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