Seeing several presentations (Cincom and SAP) and videos I would like to ask some questions here about long term directions of VASmalltalk (and Smalltalk in general).
- in the talk from Cincom/SAP it was mentioned, that using a popular IDE (Eclipse named) would give them a better acceptance within SAP and their developers.
I know, that Instantiations had the same idea some years ago and presented this idea at Smalltalk Solutions - with minor success (I was also against it), but as times have changed and more trust are around the product VASmalltalk now - it might be worth to discuss it again ?
- looking at the hardware area (dual-core, quad-core) we might see a fundamental shift in the (advanced ?) programming world. I get the impression, that some/lots people are trying to make this a topic/hype - and they might be (in principle) right. Joe Armstongs question is simple: in the future time we have 64 (and more) cores on a chip how do you can argue, that using only 1/64 of the total possible CPU time is ok ?
Any idea how to jump on this train (Squeak, VASmalltalk or Cincom - the dialect does not matter much) - and in my opinion other most popular systems (also .NET) has no real solutions to that.
You may view the talks with Joe Armstrong at:
and the .NET future about this:
and to see Dave Thomas again: