[Pharo-users] Interesting Pharo Launcher feedback

Christophe Demarey christophe.demarey at inria.fr
Tue Jun 26 03:09:29 EDT 2018


Hi Tim,

> Le 26 juin 2018 à 03:00, Ben Coman <btc at openinworld.com> a écrit :
> 
> On 26 June 2018 at 06:17, Tim Mackinnon <tim at testit.works <mailto:tim at testit.works>> wrote:
> Hi everyone - at tonights month UK Smalltalk Meetup, we got some nice compliments on the state of Pharo (the participants - all ex small talkers - although ex in so much as they fondly remembered it and wanted to use it for something relevant now because they enjoyed it in the past).
> 
> Anyway, one interesting comment stuck out - he had downloaded Pharo (having used Visual Age 15+ years ago) and was a bit overwhelmed with what laugher presented to him. He didn’t hate it - but was initially a bit lost as to what it all meant and how to start… he figured it out, but I thought the feedback was interesting and made me think that maybe we need some form of intro wizard to get people off to a quick start but leave them confident enough that they might come back and try a Pharo 7 or Moose etc.
> 
> I encouraged him to post something on here, but thoughtI would note it (as it seems quite easy to fix) as an idea while it was fresh in my mind.
> 
> 
> A welcome tutorial is a good idea.  And btw, the sort of idea that only comes from broader use of PharoLauncher.

Thanks for the feedback.
We also got this feedback from students. We know we have to improve the UI by simplifying it.
Our idea was to only provide a window with a toolbar and the list of images as the main Pharo Launhcer window.
On this windows, clicking on the + button will open a « wizard » like the one for creating repositories in Iceberg. There you could choose to create an image from « featured images » or ci, etc.

It would lower a lot the cognitive charge of the current window.
We just need time to implement it.

Cheers,
Christophe


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