[self-interest] Re: nice job!

David Ungar David.Ungar at Eng.Sun.COM
Thu Mar 16 01:28:34 UTC 2000

Since you asked, it was Randy Smith who conceived of and put together 
this tutorial.
I believe he also had help from John Maloney and Lars Bak.

- Dave

>I was reading the reports on the SqueakEnd (which is over, but Camp Smalltalk
>is happening right now! No, I didn't go to either one) at:
>   http://minnow.cc.gatech.edu/squeak/1199
>One thing that seemed to be commented a lot was how Squeak needs to 
>improve its
>"out of the box experience". That is, the way the image is distributed now it
>is too easy to mess things up and get lost before you get very far, and it is
>too hard to get an idea of what it is all about by yourself.
>That got me thinking about the great job that was done in Self 4.0. The first
>screen just shows you how to get around in Kansas and add remote windows. It
>also invites you to navigate to the right where a pretty picture explains how
>to use the mouse. This second screen has directions for the various ways you
>can explore the system, including a simple and effective tutorial.
>I don't know who to congratulate for this (or if everyone shares my positive
>impressions), but the Squeak folks could do a lot worse than to copy it. While
>they don't have Kansas, some kind of "multipage hyperbook morph" might do the
>job nearly as well.
>-- Jecel
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     David Ungar
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