[self-interest] How is "a slots object" created

Michael Latta lattam at mac.com
Wed Feb 9 15:17:55 UTC 2011

Self was not available until after Smalltalk lost the battle to java. Not having a windows port also still hurts it's adoption. Mostly though I would say it never got critical mass in terms of the community behind it. 


On Feb 9, 2011, at 8:09 AM, Duke Normandin <dukeofperl at ml1.net> wrote:

> On Wed, 9 Feb 2011, David Harris wrote:
>> On Wed, Feb 9, 2011 at 5:59 AM, Duke Normandin <dukeofperl at ml1.net> wrote:
>>> [sidebar]
>>> Speaking of company, it seems that Self does not even have a quorum to
>>> make a "community". Perhaps there are more Self programmers around
>>> than I realize though - but they sure are quiet! What is surprising to
>>> me, is that the Smalltalk community hasn't adopted Self to a greater
>>> degree. I wonder why not?
>> Probably because Self was originally limited to Sun workstations,
>> and needed more resources than most had.  However, the Smalltalk
>> community did embrace it to a certain extent in that they adapted
>> Morphic.
> So I take it that the Self ports to other architectures happened too
> late to make an impact on the programming community at large?
> However that may have been, if Self is _that much_ simpler, and yet so
> close to Smalltalk's  "look and feel", why would the _entire language_
> not be embraced, instead of just a single feature. What goes through
> a Smalltalker's mind that makes him stay put with Smalltalk, instead
> of dropping everything and easily (I assume) adopting Self? There's
> something missing in this picture! :)
> -- 
> Duke
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