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  • NoSQL OODB with Smalltalk-based Ruby VM: MagLev 1.0 Released

    The MagLev project has released version 1.0 of their Ruby VM. The Ruby implementation is based on the GemStone/S Smalltalk VM which comes with GemStone's distributed cache, ACID transactions, and persistence system (OODB). InfoQ caught up with Monty Williams of the MagLev project to talk about where MagLev fits on the NoSQL spectrum, and much more.

  • Google Dart Language and Tools Announced - Dynamic Language, Optionally Typed, Familiar Syntax

    Google has announced a new language: Google Dart and tools. The language and tools are currently considered a technology preview, and an open source release is available now. The language is not yet in Chrome. Dart is dynamic, optional types and reified Generics. Concurrency uses Erlang-style processes called Isolates, share nothing with async message passing.

  • Smalltalk IDEs Come to the Browser: Jtalk, tODE, Lively Kernel 2.0

    Smalltalk has always had tight IDE integration and it now comes to the web. InfoQ looks at Jtalk, a Javascript-based Smalltalk implementation and tODE a web-based frontend to Pharo and GemStone Smalltalks. Also: a sneak peek at Lively Kernel 2.0 - a Smalltalk-ish development environment for the web.

  • Object Oriented Programming: The Wrong Path?

    In a QCon London 2010 interview with Joe Armstrong, the original developer of Erlang, and Ralph Johnson, long associated with Smalltalk, OOP, and Patterns, the question of whther we've gone down the "wrong path" w.r.t. object orientation all these yearrs. Both interviewees suggest that we have, but this is due to flaws in the implementation of object ideas and not the ideas themselves.

  • Dynamic Language Roundup: Python's GIL Gets Overhauled but not Removed, Squeak Comes to Android

    The Unladen Swallow project that aims to speed up Python has proposed to be merged into mainstream Python. One of Unladen Swallow's goals was to remove the GIL; a new implementation of Python's GIL by Antoine Pitrou will be fairer and less intrusive on multicore CPUs. Also: Squeak Smalltalk has been ported to Android.

  • MagLev Ruby VM Now Available, Brings GemStone's Persistence to Ruby

    The long awaited MagLev Ruby implementation, based on GemStone Smalltalk, is now available in a public alpha release. While not quite ready to run Rails, it does support frameworks like Rack and Sinatra. MagLev comes with full support for GemStone's mature distribution and persistence features.

  • Javascript as Compiler Target: Clamato, GWT Smalltalk, Python, Scheme

    Improved VMs and ubiquity have made Javascript an interesting target for compilers. InfoQ takes a look at a few languages that compile to Javascript: Smalltalks Clamato and GWT Smalltalk, Python with pyjamas and Scheme with Moby-Scheme.

  • Squeak Smalltalk and Seaside come to the iPhone

    Squeak Smalltalk is the latest language to be supported on the iPhone platform. We talked to John M McIntosh who ported Squeak to the iPhone and also released software built with Squeak (and its cleaned up version Pharo) in the AppStore. The applications make use of Squeak, but also use the Seaside web framework for building GUIs.

  • Data, Context and Interaction : A New Architectural Approach by James O. Coplien and Trygve Reenskau

    James O. Coplien and Trygve Reenskaug have recently introduced a new architectural approach to OOP based on Data, Context and Interaction pattern. It should allow capturing user mental model in terms of behavioral requirements, something that classic OOP fails to do. The article, that triggered many reactions and critics, provides insights into DCI using concrete examples to show its advantages.

  • SABLE, a Smalltalk-Inspired Language for .NET

    Keith Robertson, the founder of Kuler Software Tools, has written a Smalltalk-inspired language for the .NET platform called SABLE, a language meant to draw upon the qualities of Smalltalk’s syntax and the benefits of running on CLR.

  • Interview: Lennart Augustsson on DSLs Written in Haskell

    In this interview filmed at QCon SF 2008, Lennart Augustsson talks about writing DSLs in Haskell, presenting the advantages offered by the language. In that context, he talks about embedded DSLs, static and dynamic languages, syntax and semantics, monads and many other related topics.

  • Interview: Avi Bryant on DabbleDB, Smalltalk and Persistence

    In this interview from QCon 2008, Avi Bryant talks about his Smalltalk web framework Seaside and DabbleDB. Also: Avi explains how DabbleDB uses Smalltalk images for persistence instead of an RDBMs and how to make Squeak scale.

  • Interview: Avi Bryant on MagLev and GemStone

    Avi Bryant talks about working on MagLev, a Ruby implementation built by GemStone. Avi explains the reasons for MagLev, the merits of GemStone's distributed OODB features, and more

  • MagLev: Gemstone builds Ruby runtime based on Smalltalk VM

    OODB vendor Gemstone works on a Ruby VM called MagLev. Working with Seaside's and DabbleDB's Avi Bryant, Gemstone bases the Ruby runtime on their Smalltalk VM to offer performance and powerful persistence features. We talked to Avi Bryant and Gemstone's Bob Walker about the technology behind MagLev and the plans for it.

  • Interview: Wilson Bilkovich Discusses Rubinius

    Wilson Bilkovich is an Engine Yard employee working as a core Rubinius team member. Wilson discusses various Rubinius systems and how they're implemented, as well as distributed version control systems, the Ruby Hit Squad, RubyGems and more.

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