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

Benoit St-Jean bstjean at yahoo.com
Thu Feb 6 04:00:04 EST 2020

Then I have a question... and I'm not being sarcastic here!

As Pharo users, are we allowed to suggest ideas from other environments, 
even other languages or projects?

If I think we should implement something similar to VisualWork's 
MemoryPolicy in Pharo, where should I discuss that?

If I see package XYZ in Python that I think would be worth porting to 
Pharo, where should I discuss that?

If there are features in the Atom editor that are worth considering & 
cool for Pharo, where should I discuss that?

If I have ideas/places/means to promote Pharo or give it exposure, where 
should I discuss that?

If VisualAge has a nice config map to interface MQSeries and I'd like to 
know if a port to Pharo would interest anyone, where should I discuss that?

If I want to know if there's any interest to develop a native DB2 
database driver, should I discuss it here ?  From what I've read, the 
answer is NO.  Do you really think that if I post "hey guys, we should 
really port that to Pharo" on comp.databases.ibm-db2, it will draw any 
attention from Pharoers ? This is getting ridiculous!

I mean, are we limited to only discuss about what's in the Pharo image? 
Yeah, the Collection hierarchy is cool but are we gonna talk about that 
for the next 5 years? As a Pharo USER, I am not limited to what's in the 
image : Pharo interfaces with lots of things on the outside.  If we 
can't discuss about what's outside of the image and that could improve 
Pharo (library-wise),  tell me where I can do so!

If I understand correctly, we can't talk about anything that is not 100% 
Pharo on pharo-dev, pharo-users and lse-pharo4pharo, is that it ?!?!?!? 
What's left for the "outside world" ?

P.S. I'm not saying that this mailing list should be a catch-all place 
where we can discuss about baseball, fishing, cars, music, chess, C# and 
politics.  There has to be a way to sometimes discuss about stuff that 
is "outside" of Pharo but that could help us improve it!

On 2020-02-06 03:21, Esteban Lorenzano wrote:
> Then let it phrase it like this: this list is not to talk about the whole Smalltalk universe but this particular implementation.

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