[Pharo-users] pharo for ios and android

Ben Coman btc at openinworld.com
Sat Sep 21 04:24:38 EDT 2019

On Sat, 21 Sep 2019 at 09:34, Steve Quezadas <steveeq1 at gmail.com> wrote:

> I am going to the portland meetup this october and I noticed that one of
> the items listed is "Smalltalk on iOS and Android" which intrigues me. Is
> some Guilfoyle-type here writing a VM for these platforms? I was joking
> with a friend that we should write a vm for ios using the "smalltalk blue
> book" and it would be fun to learn how vm's work by trying to write
> sometihng for ios. Is someone already working on this?

It is not mainstream, but has been done by some individuals...

One thing to be aware of is that the VM for these platform doesn't come
with JIT.

The other is that these platforms are strongly weighted towards
event-driven coding style
and the VM currently is not event driven.  This has an impact on battery
life, and may bump up against rules that terminate a long running process
(my understanding of this is limited).

Pharo 8's headless-VM opens up some possibilities towards creating an
event-driven VM, but I'm not aware of any immediate plans to do that.

cheers -ben
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