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

TedVanGaalen tedvga at gmail.com
Wed Feb 5 18:13:05 EST 2020

Yes, Esteban, 

maybe I was a bit harsh, in a sense you're right too,
However it becomes blurred then wat Smalltalk really is.
(e.g. I recommend Pharo as Smalltalk to others) 

I would prefer -but who am I- 
that all Smalltalk dialects should implement 
the ANSI standard as a minimum and at least on 
that level stay compatible.
New developments should be built on top of that.
and get incorporated in the ANSI standard at certain points in time.
So that everybody on this planet can work with one Smalltalk.
That makes sense, don't you agree? 

They came very close to that with PLs like COBOL, ANSI C etc. 

Standardization is industrial. No need
to further explain this I guess. 

The f. devil lives in the details, as they say,
and it is exactly those little differences
that makes it very hard to port packages
from one Smalltalk dialect to another.

In the current situation, that is where everybody wants to 
go their own unique way, this has the consequence that
if one Smalltalk dialect disappears (e.g. Squeak, Pharo, 
Visualworks, whatever)  this would render packages 
with often tons of work(e.g. Roassal ?) 
worthless because they don't load/work in other Smalltalk 
implementations/dialects without rewriting and retesting 
the package again. This should not be the case. 

Again, I am impressed by Pharo and really like it.
but for me it goes too far to say that Pharo isn't Smalltalk.

As a user, I edit classes methods etc in exactly the same
way (syntax) as in most other Smalltalk dialects. 
If you would take out the Smalltalk from Pharo all is left
are a few bolts and nuts rendered useless: nothing
to mount it on.  

(Still the differences are currently not that big: 
if I can file in st files from Squeak from 2010 and the 
only thing I had to change was a datetime property) 
(yet another reason I don't use traits is to remain compatible
as much as possible between different Smalltalk implementations)

my 4 cents. :o)
Regards, thank you.
Hard to convince people about this: 
Also. nothing should be deprecated.
Old sources should remain compatible.
(Not like in Swift, where I had to rewrite parts of my 
apps nearly every year because of deprecation fever)



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