[Pharo-dev] Smalltalk in a C World

phil at highoctane.be phil at highoctane.be
Tue Dec 10 03:26:52 EST 2013

I did a ton of Java (coding, training people, large scale deployments) and
Java has enterprise grade features. For large apps/clients, not much can
beat it these days.

If you need to staff a team for a sizeable project, not much choice either.

Things like this:
where you see things like in this page (
http://ted.europa.eu/udl?uri=TED:NOTICE:380314-2013:TEXT:EN:HTML) :

Total quantity or scope:
9 600 person-years (indicative, non-binding) for all lots for the maximum
possible duration of the framework contracts.

I guess there are not enough Pharo-aware people on the planet to fit this
There, the choice is going to be Java.

Now, except when working with decent tools like Jetbrains' IntelliJ (don't
get me started with Eclipse), it is really annoying to type. I am even a
reseller of these products FWIW.

Other than that it is a fine language. And cool people do cool things with
it, like AOT (Ahead of Time) compilers.
http://www.excelsior-usa.com/jet.html or the JRockitVM (from the ashes of

If we could get an instrumented VM like that, well...

For manifesting ideas out of my head, I do prefer Pharo. As a self-employed
individual, more power to me. As a startup junkie, more power to me. If I
need a Java or .NET guy, I've plenty of contacts in cheap countries who do
work very very well.
And f*ck Ruby on Rails. Now, I said it.

As I am currently reading Andres Valloud books, and trying out the
exercises, man, what do I know about how to make decent enough code. Close
to nothing it seems. That is what is great in Pharo, a community of great
minds. That you do not find often in a huge crowd as the chatter is too


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