[Pharo-users] Smalltalk Programming Competition

Richard O'Keefe raoknz at gmail.com
Thu Jun 21 09:16:46 EDT 2018


Programming languages used in high-schools here include
Scratch, Javascript, and Python.
Myself, I've always had a fondness for StarLogo/NetLogo.


On 19 June 2018 at 15:08, horrido <horrido.hobbies at gmail.com> wrote:

> I appreciate what you're saying, and certainly the things you want to see
> funded are worthwhile. However, the goals for my programming competition
> are
> quite different, for example:
>
> #1 – raise the public profile of Smalltalk across a broad swath of the
> population in Canada and other countries. Word of mouth about the
> competition will spread beyond Canada, esp. after the winners of the
> competition gain some local media coverage.
>
> #2 – generate excitement and interest in kids, esp. at the high school
> level. There's nothing better than a sports-like competition to achieve
> this.
>
> #3 – by generating interest in kids, we seed the next generation of
> programmers with knowledge and experience in Smalltalk. This is not unlike
> the way interest in Linux grew from students in colleges and universities
> throughout recent decades.
>
> #4 – convince educators to include Smalltalk in their curriculums. I don't
> know what programming languages are being taught in high schools, but I
> know
> it's not Smalltalk. I tried reaching out to local school boards, but they
> showed no interest.
>
> In colleges and universities, the most commonly taught languages are Python
> and Java. At least, that's the case in North America, I don't know about
> Europe. I hope to open their eyes to Smalltalk.
>
> This is a decidedly marketing-based approach, something that I don't
> believe
> any other programming language has tried. It's a worthwhile experiment, and
> that's why I hope Smalltalkers everywhere will stand behind it.
>
>
> Offray Vladimir Luna Cárdenas-2 wrote
> > H :-),
> >
> >
> > On 16/06/18 18:12, horrido wrote:
> >> FYI, I am trying to jumpstart a Smalltalk programming competition.  Read
> >> all
> >> about it here.
> >> <https://medium.com/@richardeng/smalltalk-programming-competition-
> 2be77cab0e75>
> >>
> >> My plan is to use Pharo for this competition, even if it makes companies
> >> like Cincom and Instantiations unhappy.
> >>
> >> Any support this competition can receive would be greatly appreciated.
> >
> > I just tweeted about it.
> >
> > I'm not into a competition spirit, so I would like to think in other
> > possibilities to fund Pharo, even in the main goal is not reached (USD $
> > 30k). For example, I remember Mozilla thinking in Mozilla Spaces (kind
> > of hacker/maker spaces for Open Web learning by doing in a community
> > mindset). Our local hackerspaces cost something like USD $6.5K a year
> > and it has been a good Pharo Space for almost three years of continuous
> > activities and several outputs and prototypes as detailed at [1]. I'm
> > not telling that you should invest in us particularly, but that even
> > from and alternative perspective that is not related with funding
> > individuals but communities, the same money that allows only 3
> > scholarships of individuals after competing each other, would make 4 or
> > 5 communities sustainable in the Global South for a year, related with
> > Pharo and other activities and here we have the advantage of not having
> > a lot of technical debt with popular languages well spread in all
> > population, like happens in the Global North.
> >
> > [1]
> > http://mutabit.com/repos.fossil/grafoscopio/doc/tip/
> Docs/En/success-story.md
> >
> > Maybe these ideas could help in some way when combined with yours and
> > allow you a model for flexible funding, like the one of Indie GoGo, so
> > instead of a all or nothing funding for the competence, you could have a
> > modular approach that allow you to fund several Pharospaces across the
> > world, for each USD 6.5k you get, starting with those located in the
> > Global South (which can be more potent, more agile and cheaper).
> >
> > Just my two pesos.
> >
> > Cheers,
> >
> > Offray
>
>
>
>
>
> --
> Sent from: http://forum.world.st/Pharo-Smalltalk-Users-f1310670.html
>
>
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