[Pharo-dev] [ANN] Pharo Launcher

Damien Cassou damien.cassou at gmail.com
Mon Jul 8 04:11:36 EDT 2013

Dear list,

Erwan and I are proud to announce the first release of the Pharo
Launcher, a cross-platform application that

- lets you manage your Pharo images (launch, rename, copy and delete);
- lets you download image templates (i.e., zip archives) from many
  different sources (Jenkins, files.pharo.org, and your local cache);
- lets you create new images from any template.

A screenshot is attached to this email.

The idea behind the Pharo Launcher is that you should be able to
access it very rapidly from your OS application launcher. As a result,
launching any image is never more than 3 clicks away.

Download: https://ci.inria.fr/pharo-contribution/job/PharoLauncher/PHARO=30,VERSION=bleedingEdge,VM=vm/lastSuccessfulBuild/artifact/PharoLauncher.zip

Please report bugs on the 'Launcher' project at https://pharo.fogbugz.org

You can contribute to this project. All classes and most methods are
commented. There are unit tests. Please contribute!

Source code: http://www.smalltalkhub.com/#!/~Pharo/PharoLauncher
CI: https://ci.inria.fr/pharo-contribution/job/PharoLauncher

Things you can do to improve the system:

- check if a template is already downloaded before downloading it
- add a preference mechanism (for, e.g., quit after launch, definition
  of your own template groups, location of downloaded templates and
- put the launcher in the Pharo Ubuntu package so that the launcher
becomes a registered appliation of the system
- make sure the pharo launcher does not load your personal scripts
  (like fonts and MC configuration)
- add a toolbar to enhance the discoverability of the features
  (currently everything is in contextual menus)
- make sure rename and copy actions propose default values
- make sure no debugger pops up when a user press cancels or enter an
  invalid name
- propose multiple kinds of sorting (last used, most frequently used,
  alphabetically on the name)
- give some information about each template (build date, pharo version)

Damien Cassou

"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another without
losing enthusiasm."
Winston Churchill
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