[Pharo-project] Popularity of Smalltalk in Software Industry

Toon Verwaest toon.verwaest at gmail.com
Thu May 5 09:58:54 CEST 2011


I can tell you that independent of how the industry might perceive the 
language Smalltalk, learning Smalltalk will make you personally a better 
software engineer. And this is what the industry does want. You will 
look at programming from a new angle and this will give you an edge.

This is also true for learning other old languages like Scheme or Lisp. 
As long as you stay within your Java / .NET bubble you will be one in a 
billion. If you learn Smalltalk, the fact you know something that other 
people might not makes you more special. The only negative part of 
learning Smalltalk while working on other types of applications is that 
you will eat your shoe 95% of the time hating that Java / .NET aren't 
more evolved and flexible :)

As it seems that you are already working on a project revolving around 
Smalltalk, be very happy that you are getting the opportunity to learn 
it; you'll come out for the better.

Lastly, don't care too much about popularity within industry. If you 
take the time to learn the systems for yourself you will probably learn 
to understand the differences yourself. You are currently also part of 
industry and obviously don't know Smalltalk well yet; how informed was 
your decision to not know Smalltalk? You are part of "the industry" 
making other people not choose Smalltalk based on your (non-)choice of 
not using Smalltalk; if they would all think this way! Sheep won't 
change anything :)


On 05/05/2011 07:38 AM, sourav roy wrote:
> Hi All,
> I have just started my career in Software/IT industry and got into a 
> project which involes enhancement/maintainance of product built in 
> Smalltalk.
> I was never exposed to this language before and have no idea if it is 
> used in the Industry as popularly as JAVA and .NET and looks like its 
> a DEAD
> language for the industry. I may be wrong but i need some 
> clarification about it.
> I just want to know that why smalltalk is not so popular as the other 
> OOPs Languages and what is the future prospect of
> one if he/she is into Smalltalk development.
> Looking for some positive note so that it may give me some entho for 
> working with Smalltalk.
> Thanks&Regards,
> Sourav Roy
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