[Pharo-users] [ANN] Round 4 Results Are In

horrido horrido.hobbies at gmail.com
Sat Feb 29 15:14:15 EST 2020


tbrunz wrote
> The competition is certainly getting more interesting and challenging.
> 
> I found that if I started from your website to reach the videos, they're a
> lot more understandable, as the background info needed to comprehend what
> we're seeing is spelled out more completely there.
> 
> On the whole, it's great to see a competition like this being supported
> and
> implemented!  Hopefully it will bring in more developers.  And inspire
> more
> competitions, too.

Thanks! Much appreciated!

Yes, that was my goal, to inspire people to give Smalltalk (Pharo) a shot.

At this point, I'd like to present some comments from the participating
teams. Many of them found learning Pharo difficult, even though I presented
what I thought were pretty good learning resources (see https://jrmpc.ca/).
Did I leave out anything that would've been more helpful?

One team told me that they found the Pharo class library intractable due to
lack of documentation. I imagine this opinion was shared by other teams, as
well.

I think they were looking for something along the lines of this  GNU
Smalltalk Library Reference
<https://www.gnu.org/software/smalltalk/manual-base/gst-base.html>  , a more
traditional style of documentation.

Frankly, I'm utterly amazed that the GNU Smalltalk people were able to
create this reference (kudos!), and I wish something similar existed for
Pharo (and Squeak and Dolphin).

In hindsight, perhaps I should've given them this library reference, but I
think it would've confused them because I'm sure there are
incompatibilities.



> Any chance that the source code for one or more of the competitors will
> become available after the competition has concluded?

Certainly, I can do that. I'll at least post the three winning team minds.

Thanks for the suggestion.

Richard



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