[Pharo-users] Thanks for Pharo

stepharo stepharo at free.fr
Mon Oct 19 02:52:13 EDT 2015

Sorry not to react I got sick and I'm still quite fussy.
Thanks for your mail.

Le 17/10/15 00:14, Jimmie Houchin a écrit :
> Sometimes conversations revolve around perceived deficiencies in 
> Pharo. What Pharo is missing. Or what Pharo doesn't do as well as my 
> previous language, my favorite language, my other language, etc... 
> These conversations are necessary to understand where Pharo is and to 
> provide understanding on where Pharo needs some work.
> However, not enough gets said sometimes for all the goodness Pharo 
> already provides and thanks to all of those who have contributed over 
> the years to Smalltalk/Pharo.
> I know sometimes we get stuck in the minutiae and lose the big picture.
> I just want to say thanks to all that have contributed to Pharo in big 
> and small way. Thank you.
> A special thanks to Stef, Marcus and company who have been working 
> hard on this all the way back when it was still Squeak. Who had a 
> vision for a clean, empowering, business ready, vision fulfilling 
> Smalltalk inspired tool we call Pharo. Thanks.
> And a thanks to Eliot and all who contribute on the VM side of things. 
> Enabling us to have a nicely performing and stable vm to run the Pharo 
> image.
> My apologies for not naming everyone who deserves thanks. I intend no 
> offense to anyone not named, but also deserving. Your names are 
> included in all the contributor documentation. Thanks.
> And while I am being thankful, which is a good habit for all of us to 
> be in. Being thankful not only improves the spirits of those being 
> thanked. But those of us who are grateful are the biggest beneficiaries.
> I want to take time to appreciate some things in Pharo that make us 
> appreciate having a tool like Pharo and which distinguishes itself 
> from other languages and environments. I think these things either 
> distinguish themselves either in the relative uniqueness or in quality 
> of their implementation. They are not necessarily distinguishing from 
> other Smalltalks but from other non-Smalltalk languages.
> Superior persistent live object environment.
> This is the game changer and affects and enables all other benefits.
> """I'm not complaining. I know that there is a good chance that we break
> the system when improving it. I have no problem with that and I prefer 
> a living system with some bugs
> for a while than a dead system with no bug"""  Stef - Sept. 7, 2015
> IDE, debugging and refactoring, all live, all the time.
> Because of the truly persistent live environment, there is no concept 
> of shutdown, restart. We only know hibernate and resume. This is to 
> use OS terms. For me this is an amazing boost to productivity. I can 
> at any time save my image. Even close my saved image and resume 
> exactly where I stopped. At any time, on any supported  OS, on any 
> machine. Powerful.
> There truly is no edit, compile, run cycle similar to other languages, 
> even dynamically typed languages with REPLs.
> If I am not in Pharo, even if that language has an amazing notebook or 
> repl available. It is nothing like coding in the live environment. The 
> separation of editor and the compiler and/or application or VM makes 
> development not as smooth and fluid. Even if I can enter and execute 
> code in a notebook or repl to explore and learn in a version of a live 
> environment. I still at some point have to leave my editing 
> environment and write, edit and save my source code. And yes there are 
> languages, editors, IDEs and tools that attempt to close the gap. But 
> no, there still is a significant gap. The edited source code is the 
> only thing that persists. Everything that gets executed in the repl or 
> notebook is transient and will go away.
> MIT, equivalent or better licensed ecosystem.
> For me these are game changers. They set a standard by which I view 
> any other programming experience. Thusly all other programming 
> experience falls far short.
> Whenever I (we) experience a present weakness in Pharo. Remember the 
> above.
> Not only does Pharo have these distinguishing factors. I do not know 
> of any language or environment which even has a culture or worldview 
> of programming which seeks to bring these features to their favored 
> language or tools.
> Every time I have to restart my computer I think, Smalltalk solved 
> this decades ago. Ugh!!!
> Where is my Pharo machine. :)
> If you have any Pharo distinctives that you appreciate and would like 
> to share. Reply and let us know.
> What I mean by distinctive is something that Pharo (or Smalltalk) has 
> that is either not in other languages or is in general significantly 
> inferior. Especially those that other languages have no vision to ever 
> have. It just isn't a part of who they are.
> If we keep these things before us as we work through the tedious work 
> of cleaning the image, repairing fail attempts at various things. Or 
> anything that may be a frustration for the moment, but is temporary. 
> Remember what we gain and are blessed with having, that we would lose 
> any where else. Or at a minimum have a far inferior substitute. And 
> look forward to what we will have as these things become complete. The 
> future is ours. Let's enjoy the journey.
> Just some thoughts in my head I wanted to let out.
> This is reminder to me. If any of you are blessed and inspired, that 
> is a plus.
> Thanks and Shalom.
> Jimmie

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