The Weekly Squeak Summary No. 18: Mar 23 - May 3, 2008
welcome to this edition of The WeeklySqueakSummary, an irregular
traffic-dependent report on what's going on in the world of Squeak
based on the WeeklySqueak blog. This is, by the way, the first edition
that is also sent to the AIDA mailing list - thanks for the
Highlights of the past weeks:
Hilaire Fernandes is writing a series of blog entries that introduce
Squeak specifically to educators . Material of this kind is
extremely welcome and much needed!
Two announcements have come true: first, Gilad Bracha's talk on
Newspeak, which he gave at HPI in Potsdam, is now available online 
(some trouble with viewing have been reported, but with a recent
player and no over-zealous firewall, viewing should be no problem).
Second, the Seaside tutorial hosted at HPI has been turned into a
book, which is finally available (the first book on Seaside, yay, and
please forgive the author his personal pride) .
Finally, there's three technical items.
Squeak is now available on yet another platform, namely the Syllable
OS . At the time of posting, only headless images were supported,
but it ran Seaside.
JavaConnect and JNIPort  are two projects that support
Smalltalk/Java interoperability in very elegant ways. While they are
currently available only on VisualWorks (and, as for JNIPort,
Dolphin), they set standards in terms of language/platform
SqueakFS  allows for browsing the Squeak image as a mounted file
system (on Mac OS X and Linux, using the FUSE library). The top-level
directory supports looking at the image along one of three axes: along
the class hierarchy, grouped by class category, and as a flat space
containing all classes. At present, it's read-only, but future
extensions are already being planned.