[Pharo-dev] Is there a Roadmap for Pharo 3.0 and Pharo 4.0

Esteban Lorenzano estebanlm at gmail.com
Tue Oct 15 06:55:58 EDT 2013

On Oct 15, 2013, at 9:43 AM, kilon <thekilon at yahoo.co.uk> wrote:

> I really like the idea of roadmap. In an open source project people are free
> to work in anything they like , even bring new nice features of their design
> as long as they don't disturb the existing code. 
> But the same people, including me, or even mere users , wonder where the
> software is heading. Even an exploration ship , that sets to explore new
> areas has goals. I would like to see in the pharo website a roadmap not just
> for 3 but even for pharo 4. I know that Stephane has given a presentation
> about pharo 3 roadmap , maybe you could link those slides. 

the problem with this is that we do not have a clear roadmap for Pharo4 (yet).
How it works now is: at the beginning of a year iteration we make a list of what we want, taking into account what emerged latest year (both new possibilities opened and new/old problems that emerged). 

That gives us what we can more or less call a "next release road map". And is "more or less" because situation can change. For example we wanted a complete revamp of Pharo3 L&F, and we wanted also a complete migration of Morph to be rendered with Athens, and reality showed that is not achievable this year... so it will wait until next one (and that does not  means at all that we stopped work on that area, just that the completion of the task will take more time than expected). 
So... what's the roadmap for Pharo4? No Idea :)
What we already know is that we made a huge move forward in infrastructure for Pharo3 (starting by Opal, but not restrained to that), and now we want to focus in the tools (but without doing *just* that, because there are lots of tasks to do in kernel, modularization, cleanups, etc.)

in general, for pharo there is a vision document that shows the long (really long) term goals. Now I do not remember where is it, but should be somewhere in the pharo site (probably not visible enough). 

> So what is the future of pharo ? 
> Another request for the website would be a small collection of bullet points
> about what makes Pharo special, in the about section there is a very general
> description of what pharo is. I would like something more concrete. I want
> specific features, specific libraries. Assume that people reading this have
> no idea what smalltalk is and no idea what Squeak is. 10-30 bullet points
> should be a good start. No lengthy descriptions, straight to the point. 
> What you feel about this ? 

yep, that's a good point :)

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