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

horrido horrido.hobbies at gmail.com
Wed Feb 5 15:43:02 EST 2020

I'm not sure whose feedback I should regard as wisdom. This uncertainty stems
from a key philosophical difference I had 5 years ago. Read  Interview with
a Smalltalk Evangelist

At the time, I don't think anybody agreed with me philosophically. I imagine
most of you /still/ don't agree with me.

So given this disagreement, how can I regard any feedback as wisdom?

> but given your recent questions in the list, you don't today.

You are correct, I'm no longer much of a programmer today. I retired many
years ago and I've grown rusty. Nevertheless, my background qualifies me to
evangelize a programming language at an overview level. I may not be able to
evangelize at a technical code level, but at a conceptual level, I certainly

Esteban A. Maringolo wrote
> On Wed, Feb 5, 2020 at 4:48 PM horrido <

> horrido.hobbies@

> > wrote:
>> I learned a long time ago that you can't please everybody. I've heard the
>> critics about my evangelism. I've also heard the praise.
>> So what am I supposed to do? Listen to the critics and ignore the fans?
> tr;dr answer: know who you listen to.
> But if you've been for a while (it is, years) here in this tiny tribe
> (in global scale) that is the Smalltalk community, you'd pay attention
> to the critics from many whose feedback can be treated as wisdom.
> In particular when you're promoting something that you might have
> mastered in the past, but given your recent questions in the list, you
> don't today.
> Smalltalk as a concept lacks a good PR these days, so does Pharo as a
> product (although non-commercial), but Pharo has been successful in
> growing organically and create some kind of grassroots, albeit slow.
> And in technical environments bad PR is counterproductive and if you
> push too hard it usually fires back.
> Regards,
> Esteban A. Maringolo

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