[Pharo-users] About "it's not pharo but smalltalk"

horrido horrido.hobbies at gmail.com
Wed Feb 5 12:50:21 EST 2020


> pharo is not smalltalk

I understand that Pharo wants to chart its own future, and that's great, but
to deny its heritage only makes Pharo look haughty and foolish because...

Pharo *is* Smalltalk in the same way that VisualWorks is Smalltalk and VA
Smalltalk is Smalltalk and GemStone/S is Smalltalk and Squeak is Smalltalk
and Dolphin Smalltalk is Smalltalk and so on.

At their core, they're all Smalltalk. Their individual enhancements don't
change this. And from 10,000 feet up, even their IDEs look all the same.

It would be like trying to deny that Clojure, Scheme, and Racket are not
LISP. Only an imbecile would claim they're not. If it walks like a duck and
it quacks like a duck...

To be honest, I can't fathom the reason for denying that Pharo is Smalltalk.
I don't see what it accomplishes. Smalltalk's heritage is not an
albatross... it's a Russian rocket launcher
<https://smalltalk.tech.blog/2020/01/19/why-smalltalk-is-so-easy-to-evangelize/> 
.


> So in order to reach the people that are interested in smalltalk there are
> plenty of better channels to put things there.

Like what??? Name me one place that's well-populated and actively maintained
for Smalltalk discussion. I scoured the web for such places and they were
all ghost towns.



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