Re: [indyrb] Indy.rb Suggestions, Meeting Files

From: Dave W.
Sent on: Thursday, January 14, 2010 1:37 PM
On 1/14/10 1:11 PM, Miles Z. Sterrett wrote:
We'll also have David Woodward in to chat about Smalltalk, a language that heavily influenced Ruby*.
Perhaps I'll give a bit of evidence to support that claim! 

I'm open to the actual topics I'm going to discuss.  I can probably talk for 3 whole meetings about it so I'll try to keep it short.

Some example topics:
    The History of Smalltalk (you're probably using an offspring of smalltalk and don't know it)
    The Smalltalk Environment (the syntax and also image-based development and all of its other-worldliness)
    Various Smalltalk Implementations (open-source like Squeak, Pharo & Smalltalk/X, commercial like VisualWorks, Gemstone, etc)
    Web Development with Smalltalk (Seaside and probably how to talk to databases)
    Databases (this can be an entire topic in and of itself with the plethora of ORMs, OODBs, and others)

Feel free to e-mail me directly instead of the list if anybody is interested in a particular topic.  Otherwise I'll probably just touch on the first 4 topics lightly and save Seaside & Web Development for another presentation.  This will allow you all to run me out with torches for being a heretic if you like :) (P.S. I still do Rails on a daily basis and love it too!  I swear!)
Time permitting, you should give a lightning talk following Mr. Woodward.  You.  Really.
I really enjoyed the short lightning talks and hope that people continue to volunteer.  Otherwise I will be forced to do a lightning talk where I read aloud this paper: http://www-formal.stanford.edu/jmc/recursive/recursive.html  You've been warned!

Have a good one.  I look forward to seeing you all next time.

MilesZS

* I have no evidence to actually support that claim, but I'm pretty sure I've heard it more than once, which totally makes it authoritative.




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