[Pharo-dev] Feature request poll

GOUBIER Thierry thierry.goubier at cea.fr
Tue Nov 5 13:01:24 EST 2013

I find this debate interesting... but a bit strange

For me, Smalltalk-80 is what is inside the 80's book, and no implementation of Smalltalk was really Smalltalk-80 but something else (some principles plus a huge amount of code)... Pharo is no more different from Smalltalk-80 than all the others were, and, compared to Self, Pharo looks like a very tame variant :)

So for me, Pharo will stay Pharo Smalltalk: a member of a large family which I had the pleasure to work in and use for a very long time, and in many different shapes but still respecting the same core principles.


De : Pharo-dev [pharo-dev-bounces at lists.pharo.org] de la part de Sean P. DeNigris [sean at clipperadams.com]
Date d'envoi : mardi 5 novembre 2013 17:53
À : pharo-dev at lists.pharo.org
Objet : Re: [Pharo-dev] Feature request poll

Tudor Girba-2 wrote
> Pharo is Pharo. And we should promote it like that.

It is inherently confusing because originally "Smalltalk" meant "a
language/environment that's continually reinvented every 4 years based on
the knowledge gained by the last iteration". Then, Smalltalk-80 was frozen
and released, and "Smalltalk" was repurposed in the wider world as a
shorthand for Smalltalk-80. So, one would be correct in saying that Pharo is
Smalltalk in the original meaning, as the next iteration after 80 (although
it missed the 4 year target by a bit ha ha).

But, since the nearly universal understanding of "Smalltalk" is
Smalltalk-80, the "more true" and practical choice is to say that Pharo is
Smalltalk-inspired (i.e. inspired by Smalltalk-80, but clearly not


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