On 17th April Jim Robertson died without warning. For those who knew him it is a shocking loss not just to his family but also to our community - he was only 52.
Jim will probably be best known to the community for his blogs and video:
Jim pioneered using blogs and video to get the Smalltalk message out to a broader audience while at Cincom. He wrote one of the first RSS readers to show people how to build stuff in Smalltalk. He also covered conferences and did a regular podcast on Smalltalk. He carried all these on after he left Cincom covering the broader Smalltalk community.
He had been with the Smalltalk for over 20 years, joining ParcPlace in 1993 and staying in the business until 2010. During that time he was a Sales Engineer, Consultant, Trainer, Product Manager and finally Product Evangelist. He contributed much to the direction of the product over the years, always an advocate of the customer and the need to reach a broader market. Since 2010 he had been an independent consultant.
This evening we will try to remember this man who gave so much of his time to our community.
We will start with a discussion of our memories of Jim and what he contributed to our community.
Building on that we will have a discussion on the need for Community and how we might continue the legacy of Jim's efforts to build community and get the message of Smalltalk out to a wider audience.
Lastly we will will spend some time trying to port one of the Frameworks that Jim coded while at Cincom onto a couple of other Smalltalks in the belief that you get to know a programmer best by spending a bit of time in his code, and it might be fun.
So bring along your laptops.
As always everyone is welcome whatever your experience of Smalltalk, from the mildly curious to the hard core old-timer.