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

horrido horrido.hobbies at gmail.com
Wed Feb 5 14:41:43 EST 2020


> It is your initiative, you should know, nobody asked you to do it

Well, that's a peculiar attitude. There are many, many programming language
evangelists and I don't think anybody "asked" them to do it. They do it for
the love of the language.

I hear what you're saying, and I understand fully. I just don't agree with
it entirely.

I think it's short-sighted. Smalltalk has long been criticized for being a
secluded island, and now you want to do the same for Pharo? Even as I try to
build bridges to the island?

You could ban everybody from this forum who aren't focussed 100% on Pharo
and you'd have a much smaller community. You could ban everybody who is a
Smalltalker. The result is a much more tightly focussed forum, clean and
free from distractions. Fine. But what is the long-term cost?

Smalltalk evangelism would come to an end. Why? Because frankly nobody is
interested in the other Smalltalks. Pharo is where all the action is.

And without Smalltalk evangelism, I don't see a path for Pharo becoming more
than a niche language. Pharo doesn't show up an *any* language popularity
index. At least Clojure, Erlang/Elixir, and Haskell are in the top 30 in
several places.

At Indeed, there are 18 job postings in the United States that mention
Smalltalk, and none for Pharo. Even Clojure has 404, Erlang has 274, and
Haskell has 519, pathetic though these numbers are.

Yes, I also understand that there are many Pharoers who don't care about
remaining niche. That's a tragedy.

I would rather not have wasted the last five years of my life.



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