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The Weekly Squeak Summary No. 19: May 4 - Aug 16, 2008

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The Weekly Squeak Summary No. 19: May 4 - Aug 16, 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. It's been a rather long time since the
last issue because I've been on parental leave for two months...
anyway, here we go again with a slightly longer e-mail than usual.

Highlights of the past weeks:

First, some updates. Monticello 2 is out [36], and so is Swazoo 2.2
[32]. The former is essentially a complete re-write with an all-new
core versioning mechanism. The latter especially features faster
uploads. The popular "Squeak by Example" book has also been updated -
updated to be available in another language: French [4]!

Some interesting new projects have emerged: at Qwaq, Eliot Miranda is
building an improved Squeak VM called Cog [14]; and what started as a
coursework assignment at HPI to improve some of the functionality of
JSqueak [20] has been turned into a SourceForge-hosted project called
Potato [25]: a Squeak VM implemented in Java. Also an, albeit
different, VM, MagLev supports Ruby on top of GemStone/S [12].
SandstoneDB [28] is a simple OODBMS based on ideas from ActiveRecord
and Prevayler. Algernon [2] helps navigating the Squeak image.

The native widgets side of the universe has interesting news. After a
long time, wxSqueak has been updated [27] - let's hope it's come fully
back to life! SeasideXUL [5] uses the Firefox XULRunner to support
building GUIs, and one of this year's Squeak-related GSoC projects
[26] is SqueakGTK.

Squeak has been ported to two more platforms: the iPhone [16], and WiFiBots [7].

Last but certainly not least, congratulations to the CMSBox team for
winning an UI usability award [35]!

The past weeks' news items:

[1] Seaside: your next web framework
    http://news.squeak.org/2008/05/05/seaside-your-next-web-framework/

[2] Algernon: your personal assistant for Squeak
    http://news.squeak.org/2008/05/07/algernon-your-personal-assistant-for-squeak/

[3] Squeak Etoys - Students Build Their Own Games In Four Days
    http://news.squeak.org/2008/05/09/squeak-etoys-students-build-their-own-games-in-four-days/

[4] Squeak by Example now available in French
    http://news.squeak.org/2008/05/11/squeak-by-example-now-available-in-french/

[5] Native look and feel apps with Firefox XULRunner
    http://news.squeak.org/2008/05/13/native-look-and-feel-apps-with-firefox-xulrunner/

[6] 16th International Smalltalk Joint Conference - Call for Contributions
    http://news.squeak.org/2008/05/16/16th-international-smalltalk-joint-conference-call-for-contributions-2/

[7] Driving WifiBots with Squeak
    http://news.squeak.org/2008/05/18/driving-wifibots-with-squeak/

[8] S3 Highlights: Lively, COLA, Huemul, Squeak on Python and more
    http://news.squeak.org/2008/05/20/s3-highlights-lively-cola-and-more/

[9] German Squeak Association Meeting: Demos
    http://news.squeak.org/2008/05/22/german-squeak-association-meeting-demos/

[10] New Yorkers' chance to see Squeak-based education tools
     http://news.squeak.org/2008/05/24/new-yorkers-chance-to-see-squeak-based-education-tools/

[11] Dan Ingalls Interview on FLOSS Weekly
     http://news.squeak.org/2008/05/29/dan-ingalls-interview-on-floss-weekly/

[12] Gemstone's MagLev presented at RubyConf
     http://news.squeak.org/2008/06/03/gemstones-maglev-presented-at-rubyconf/

[13] Smalltalk Solutions 2008 - two weeks to go!
     http://news.squeak.org/2008/06/05/smalltalk-solutions-2008-two-weeks-to-go/

[14] Qwaq developing new fast Smalltalk VM
     http://news.squeak.org/2008/06/07/qwaq-developing-new-fast-smalltalk-vm/

[15] Randal Schwartz to join Smalltalk podcast (warning, some
recursion involved)
     http://news.squeak.org/2008/06/09/randal_schwartz_podcast/

[16] Squeak on the iPhone!
     http://news.squeak.org/2008/06/11/squeak-on-the-iphone/

[17] Conference News: Smalltalks 2008 in Buenos Aires
     http://news.squeak.org/2008/06/13/conference-news-smalltalks-2008-in-buenos-aires/

[18] Conference news: C5-09 in Kyoto
     http://news.squeak.org/2008/06/16/conference-news-c5-09-in-kyoto/

[19] ESUG Awards for innovative software
     http://news.squeak.org/2008/06/18/esug-awards-for-innovative-software/

[20] JSqueak - Smalltalk interpreter written in Java
     http://news.squeak.org/2008/06/21/jsqueak-smalltalk-interpreter-written-in-java/

[21] Conference News - Libre Software Meeting, 1-5 July, France
     http://news.squeak.org/2008/06/24/conference-news-libre-software-meeting-1-5-july-france/

[22] One stop shop for Smalltalk jobs
     http://news.squeak.org/2008/06/28/one-stop-shop-for-smalltalk-jobs/

[23] Smalltalk Solutions 2008 - slides now available
     http://news.squeak.org/2008/07/01/smalltalk-solutions-2008-slides-now-available/

[24] Conference news: ESUG 2008 - more information
     http://news.squeak.org/2008/07/04/conference-news-esug-2008-more-information/

[25] Potato - version of JSqueak from HPI
     http://news.squeak.org/2008/07/07/potato-version-of-jsqueak-from-hpi/

[26] Squeak's Google Summer of Code projects
     http://news.squeak.org/2008/07/10/squeaks-google-summer-of-code-projects/

[27] WxSqueak reaches 0.5
     http://news.squeak.org/2008/07/14/wxsqueak-reaches-05/

[28] SandstoneDb - Simple ActiveRecord-style persistence in Squeak
     http://news.squeak.org/2008/07/16/sandstonedb-simple-activerecord-style-persistence-in-squeak/

[29] Get recording your Squeak videos now!
     http://news.squeak.org/2008/07/19/get-recording-your-squeak-videos-now/

[30] Plopp featured in MacWorld
     http://news.squeak.org/2008/07/23/plopp-featured-in-macworld/

[31] Avi Bryant Interview
     http://news.squeak.org/2008/07/28/avi-bryant-interview/

[32] Swazoo 2.2 beta with fast file upload released
     http://news.squeak.org/2008/08/01/swazoo-22-beta-with-fast-file-upload-released/

[33] Volunteers wanted for Squeak project
     http://news.squeak.org/2008/08/06/volunteers-wanted-for-squeak-project/

[34] New Video Tutorial - Squeak Bug/Fix Reporting
     http://news.squeak.org/2008/08/11/new-video-tutorial-squeak-bugfix-reporting/

[35] CMSBox wins top usability awards
     http://news.squeak.org/2008/08/13/cmsbox-wins-top-usability-awards/

[36] All new Monticello 2
     http://news.squeak.org/2008/08/15/all-new-monticello-2/

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

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Happy squeaking,

Michael
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