[self-interest] Smalltalk basics first?

Duke Normandin dukeofperl at ml1.net
Tue Feb 15 22:26:10 UTC 2011

On Tue, 15 Feb 2011, Casey Ransberger wrote:

> On Feb 15, 2011, at 12:55 PM, Duke Normandin <dukeofperl at ml1.net> wrote:
> > Hello List ...
> >
> > Given that Self is an "upward extension" of Smalltalk - if you will -
> > I'm just wondering if it wouldn't be advisable for me to learn the
> > very basics of Smalltalk syntax, before proceeding further with
> > Self. Opinions please!
> >
> > Perhaps "Computer Programming using GNU Smalltalk" by Canol Gökel
> > http://smalltalk.gnu.org/documentation/books
> Probably not a bad idea. I can't say for sure how much of Smalltalk
> will just confuse you, being myself new to Self.

Do you know Smalltalk? If yes, did it hinder or help you?

> It's worth pointing out that "upward extension" really isn't an
> adequate description, I don't think: Self actually *removes*
> concepts from Smalltalk. It's intended to be "smaller" than
> Smalltalk in terms of total cognitive load.

I _never_ implied that Self "removed" _anything_ from Smalltalk! :) It
certainly seems "not as rich to digest" as Smalltalk - to me anyway.

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