Instantiations Ships New 7.5 Release of VA Smalltalk

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Instantiations Ships New 7.5 Release of VA Smalltalk

Postby Eric Clayberg » Thu Feb 01, 2007 1:26 pm

[url=]VA Smalltalk 7.5 Adds Support for Microsoft Windows Vista and SUSE Linux
Key Hires Expand Development Team and Professional Services

PORTLAND, Ore. — Jan. 31, 2007 — Instantiations, Inc., a leading provider of software quality and productivity solutions, today announced that it has begun shipping VA Smalltalk 7.5, a comprehensive integrated development environment. VA Smalltalk 7.5 enables software developers to create highly portable, scaleable, multi-tier business applications on the latest operating systems. Instantiations also announced the hiring of John O'Keefe as a key member of the VA Smalltalk development team and Ed Klimas as Vice President of Professional Services.

VA Smalltalk 7.5 is a modern high productivity software development environment that is 100% VisualAge® compatible. VA Smalltalk enables software engineers to quickly construct high quality software applications that are portable, highly scaleable, simple to maintain, fit easily into existing infrastructures and support the latest database and operating system technology. A summary of significant new features in VA Smalltalk 7.5 include:

- Support for Windows Vista
- Support for SUSE Linux
- Upgrade Oracle support to v10
- Further enhanced and modernized IDE
- Windows Vista theme support
- Enhanced VAST web services
- Refactoring Browser and ENVY extensions
- SUnit and SUnit Browser
- Improved documentation
- Numerous bug fixes

A complete description of all the new features in VA Smalltalk 7.5 can be found at

In April 2005 Instantiations and IBM formed a relationship under which Instantiations assumed responsibility for ongoing development, enhancement and marketing of the IBM VisualAge Smalltalk technology base. The vision of the partnership was for Instantiations to revitalize Smalltalk and extend the viable, supported life of customer VisualAge Smalltalk applications. Instantiations mission is to produce a modern, supported version of Smalltalk that includes the high productivity software of the VisualAge Smalltalk technology base and is 100% VisualAge compatible.

"We recognize that our customers require a modern forward-looking high quality software engineering development environment and long term support for their business critical Smalltalk based applications," said Instantiations' Eric Clayberg, Sr. Vice President and Smalltalk Business Unit General Manager. "We have been working very hard to deliver on the product roadmap as well as incorporating new features requested by our customers."

John O'Keefe, formerly a 39 year veteran of IBM, was a member of IBM's VisualAge Smalltalk team from its inception in 1991 and Team Lead and Chief Architect for VisualAge Smalltalk since 1996. He brings a wealth of knowledge and historical insight to the team. According to John, "I am very happy to continue my career in the Smalltalk industry with Instantiations and energized by the commitment the company has made to the product for the long term."

Ed Klimas, formerly Managing Director of Linea Engineering, has a continuous history dating back over 20 years of applying high productivity Smalltalk based technologies to cost-effective, high quality, mission critical applications. He is a well published author in the area of Smalltalk and the software engineering process, and will be focused on growing Instantiations' services business in both the Smalltalk and Eclipse arenas.

Pricing and Availability

The price per developer for a new license of VA Smalltalk 7.5 is $6,995 and includes one year of support, maintenance, and new releases. Customers who own unsupported copies of VA Smalltalk can renew annual support for $2,495. Upgrades from VisualAge and competitive Smalltalk products are also available for $2,495. For additional information and pricing please contact our sales department at (800) 808-3737 or by email at More information can be found on the company's web site at

About Instantiations

Instantiations, Inc. provides leading-edge software products, services and technologies for Smalltalk, Eclipse, and Java. The company offers high-value, high-ROI professional development and consulting environments that focus on improving software quality and developer productivity. Instantiations is a member of the Eclipse Foundation and offers a line of products for Eclipse, IBM Rational, WebSphere Studio and MyEclipse. Based in Portland, Ore., Instantiations was founded in 1997 by a team of internationally recognized pioneers in component software technology. For more information, visit
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