[Pharo-users] Smalltalk Programming Competition

Travis Ayres trayres at gmail.com
Thu Jun 21 21:53:27 EDT 2018


It will be the most exciting $200 programming competition ever.

On Thu, Jun 21, 2018, 4:41 PM horrido <horrido.hobbies at gmail.com> wrote:

> Indeed, these have been the main goals of my marketing campaign:
>
> - spread the word through social media (word of mouth)
> - try to make Smalltalk look "cool" and fascinating (pop-cultured)
> - emphasize that Smalltalk is web-ready, since the whole world seems to be
> going ga-ga over the web (popular practices)
> - restore the lustre of OOP, since there has been a growing anti-OOP
> sentiment for years now
> - present success stories, even if most of these are from staid
> corporations
> and government
>
> Believe me, I've incorporated elements of these in many, many of my
> articles, blog posts, tweets, Facebook posts, etc.
>
> And I firmly believe the JRM competition will add to the excitement and
> cool
> factor, if it's done right.
>
>
>
> Esteban A. Maringolo wrote
> > On 21/06/2018 07:23, horrido wrote:
> >> I'm disappointed in the response. Only two contributors of $100 each.
> >> This is
> >> extremely tepid.
> >>
> >> There must be thousands of Smalltalkers around the world. How to reach
> >> out
> >> to them? It can't be that hard to fund this contest. I mean, there are
> >> many
> >> stupid causes on GoFundMe that have raised tens of thousands of dollars!
> >> This Smalltalk programming competition is anything but stupid.
> >>
> >> If only 1500 Smalltalkers each contributed a paltry $20, the contest
> >> would
> >> be fully funded. It would only take 300 contributors of $100 each.
> > I think that money is the wrong incentive to get people involved.
> >
> > You can't pay students to get them converted. Massive propagation of
> > ideas these days are horizontal rather than vertical. It is, breadth
> > first, word of mouth, instead of authoritative articles, this kind of
> > competition, etc. Your articles did a good job of rising awareness, but
> > there is a lot missing.
> >
> > If you want to get MORE (quantity) people involved, you need to make
> > Pharo more "pop cultured" as many mainstream tools are seen, and that
> > itself means becoming more mainstream or follow certain practices, which
> > also means having success stories people would like to imitate, etc.
> >
> > Even if we get people like Kent Beck, Martin Fowler, any other
> > "influencer" aware of the benefits of Smalltalk to recommend it, the
> > downloads would spike, but I bet one leg the users will bounce as fast
> > as they download it.
> >
> > IMO if we don't understand that as a community, Pharo will still have
> > it's niche user base. Not that I dislike it, but I would be more
> > comfortable as a niche but with a bigger user base.
> >
> > Regards,
> >
> > --
> > Esteban A. Maringolo
>
>
>
>
>
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>
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