Well, I'm hacking pretty hard, mostly under the sheets in the VM. The high order bit is: great job indeed. No small task, and well done.
More [and higher level] comments in the VM, but you know that.
Documentation and code have drifted, but we're only in beta -- I assume that's gonna be fine by release-time.
The UI. Heh. Slow sun-4 over a net. I lose bad. I seem to want more flexible [erk I might mean "shell-like"] typeins. Visual mark for context would be very nice. Being able to change context visually would be nice as well.
Having results avoid stacking if they can might be nice. Rather than having a bunch of smallInts stacking in Z, they could also stagger a bit in X and Y so I can better see them all. 2.55 D rather than 2.5.
Big gripes. No effective reflection on run-time structures. I can't muck with a mirror on an activation and change stuff. Likewise with the parsing. I should be able to change a method's byte-codes and have the change be effective.
Likewise, I can't see any way to change the output of the parser from Self, either by hacking the parser or by modifying every method in the system. I'd like it sometimes.
I understand there is work afoot to change the way _Prims work. Good. I don't know what it is, but I'll spew my half-thought-out idea. I see most of the _Prims as methods on some hidden parents. They are messages that will invoke a method even if the receiver does not have an explicit parent-chain for them. Handy mechanism, and I want it open to the world. Or at least me. How you "ground them out" is another matter. I don't like seeing _Defines in code all over the place -- I might want to change the behavior of defining, and if it's encouraged to cut to _Prims, I can't do that. I don't have a good answer for this, but want to have these "hidden parents" just take regular messages and be [more or less] regular objects so I can prod them and change them.
Anyway. There's other stuff that I know doesn't stand a chance to make an impact, so the hell with it. I think I'm starting to like prototyping ..