Is Simpler better? The balancing act between simplicity and power.

Simplicity is a core concept in Smalltalk:

Squeak: "Smalltalk is a pure object-oriented language, simple and uniform. Smalltalk influenced most of the modern object-oriented languages, although most of the time they missed Smalltalk's elegance and simplicity."

Cuis: "I like it... It's nice and clean and simple and pretty. Nice stuff!" - Alan Kay

Cincom VisualWorks: " In terms of simplicity and expressiveness, Smalltalk is still second to none."

But is that really the case? Does the drive to do more things bear down on the desire for simplicity? Has Smalltalk become too powerful for its own good? And lost some of its innocence and elegance on the way?

Or has it retained its simple metaphors enough to allow the increasing sophistication of it's class libraries to be handled with the same ease that it always has?

We will explore this by looking at how to implement a problem in a number of different Smalltalks and discuss how their different approaches to this dilemma effects the development of the solution.

We will also be discussing our agenda for the next six meetings so please come armed with interesting ideas. We are are always keen for anyone to have a go at running a meetup on an interesting topic. 

Cincom will be sponsoring the food for this evening. 

And as always we are keen to see you whatever your experience of Smalltalk.

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  • Andrew M.

    Unfortunately, I can't get to this meeting now

    September 29, 2013

  • Andranik O.

    Fametune cofounder

    September 26, 2013

  • Francisco G.

    Andy Bower, creator of Dolphin Smalltalk is coming along

    September 18, 2013

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