Is Smalltalk coming back?
Think programming language (not parties). It's amazing how long Smalltalk has been around now (1980: first public version) and it still feels modern, especially its syntax. Sadly, it never got the popularity it deserved.
By now, there is even a free version called Squeak, but its UI is beyond unorthodox: I am very patient when it comes to GUIs---I've always thought Java Swing was OK (a few years ago this said a lot about my patience). But if I, a programmer, already find the GUI cumbersome, how can I expect the broad public to work with it? The GUI was so off-putting that I didn't even bother checking if Squeak had improved on Smalltalk's poor modularity mechanisms.
But apparently, I wasn't alone in finding Squeak “improvement-worthy”:
- Pharo: A next-generation Squeak.
- Newspeak: A completely new language that has been inspired by Smalltalk, but contains many new ideas.
we've already had very slick combinations of object-oriented development environments and programming languages: Common Lisp
(on Symbolics), Smalltalk, Self
. Thus, it is a bit sad that the mainstream has not advanced that far, in some aspects even taken a step back. Let's hope that Newspeak and others bring some excitement back to programming language design.