[Announce] S8 in the Concrete Jungle

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[Announce] S8 in the Concrete Jungle



Alejandro Reimondo (Ale) will make a presentation about

S8 platform and U8 service on Tuesday March 6, 2012

to NYC Smallltalk Developer’s group.




There is a lot of topics to talk about..., the topic

of most interest (to us) is to explain what we

are doing with S8.

A breaf description of our regional point of view about OT

and Smalltalk, and our proposal of a modern

formulation of development using Smalltalk will

be the starting point of the presentation.

The S8 platform was implemented to let us(smalltalkers)

be responsible of our execution environments (as it

was in the early days of smalltalk).

That impose a change of attitude and the formulation/idea

must be supported by tools and evidence/experience

of others in the same field.

As a demostration on how we can do that with S8,

Ale will mention the platforms we have implemented for

using the U8 service (designed to make worldwide

social development with smalltalk

http://u8.smalltalking.net ).


On technical side, to mention where a person can start

application development and self-learning using U8,

he will describe the frameworks we have implemented

on top of S8 (we all know the importance of frameworks)

and the process we are using for development/testing

of frameworks.

The presentation is also open to the topics of interest

of the audience. And Ale will be happy to respond questions

about how to use S8 in diferent contexts of development.


Some of the technical points that will be of

interest are:

- how to use our FFI framework?

  (make API calls, use native libraries and implement

   callbacks using S8; 100% smalltalk code)

- how to do server side development? (NodeJS framework)

- how to use your code from other smalltalks?

- how to use javascript libraries? and (more important)

  how to write interfaces to existing libraries fast

   and minimize errors / testing points?

- how to develop for Android and phones?

- how to use cloud services?

- how to work using U8? How to contact experts

  and people to do development of frameworks

  using the U8 service?

- why we minimized the toolset at this stage? and what

  powerfull features of smalltalk we support today.

- what is not implemented yet? and how to contribute?


In all the presentations and coding events we made here

(in Buenos Aires) the time has been short for going

deep in groups, and the presentation was important to

get in touch with people that has interest in global

development as it is used to be in this decade.


So, if you are near NY on March,6 join us.

If you can't attend there next week, please contact

us at [hidden email]

 and consider we have open the Betatesting site

to start contributing and using U8 from now

and we are doing one betaworks meeting per week

to let people put their hands on the frameworks,

tools and S8 platform, in small groups.

...If you can´t wait and want to start coding now/today,

please visit the U8 page ( http://u8.smalltalking.net )

and register there to become a member of our community,

to be in contact with people and companies interested

in social development using Smalltalk.





on behalf of Smalltalking Association


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