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The Weekly Squeak Summary No. 18: Mar 23 - May 3, 2008

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The Weekly Squeak Summary No. 18: Mar 23 - May 3, 2008

Michael Haupt-3
Dear Squeakers,

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
invitation!

Highlights of the past weeks:

Hilaire Fernandes is writing a series of blog entries that introduce
Squeak specifically to educators [10]. 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 [7]
(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) [8].

Finally, there's three technical items.

Squeak is now available on yet another platform, namely the Syllable
OS [4]. At the time of posting, only headless images were supported,
but it ran Seaside.

JavaConnect and JNIPort [12] 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
connectivity.

SqueakFS [13] 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.

The past weeks' news items:

[1] Seaside startup snapped up
    http://news.squeak.org/2008/03/28/seaside-startup-snapped-up/

[2] What's the difference?
    http://news.squeak.org/2008/03/31/whats-the-difference/

[3] The Year of Smalltalk
    http://news.squeak.org/2008/04/02/the-year-of-smalltalk/

[4] Squeak ported to Syllable
    http://news.squeak.org/2008/04/07/squeak-ported-to-syllable/

[5] Free Smalltalk books
    http://news.squeak.org/2008/04/10/free-smalltalk-books/

[6] Waveplace in the US Virgin Islands
    http://news.squeak.org/2008/04/16/waveplace/

[7] Video of Newspeak lecture now available
    http://news.squeak.org/2008/04/19/video-of-newspeak-lecture-now-available/

[8] "An Introduction to Seaside" now published
    http://news.squeak.org/2008/04/21/an-introduction-to-seaside-now-published/

[9] Squeak Project in Google Summer of Code 2008
    http://news.squeak.org/2008/04/25/squeak-summer-of-code-2008/

[10] Using Squeak in Education
     http://news.squeak.org/2008/04/26/squeak-in-education/

[11] New Dabble DB Demo Debuts
     http://news.squeak.org/2008/04/28/new-dabble-db-demo-debuts/

[12] Using Smalltalk with Java: JavaConnect and JNIPort
     http://news.squeak.org/2008/04/30/using-smalltalk-with-java-javaconnect-and-jniport/

[13] Squeak and the filesystem
     http://news.squeak.org/2008/05/02/squeak-and-the-filesystem/

You can find this and much more on The WeeklySqueak blog, the newsblog
dedicated to the world of Squeak:http://news.squeak.org/

Subscribe to the WeeklySqueak RSS feed: http://news.squeak.org/feed/

Happy squeaking,

Michael
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