[Pharo-project] Popularity of Smalltalk in Software Industry

Sven Van Caekenberghe sven at beta9.be
Thu May 5 10:07:19 CEST 2011

On 05 May 2011, at 09:58, Toon Verwaest wrote:

> Hi,
> 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 :)
> cheers,
> Toon

Very well written, Toon!

And like you say, there is a danger: Smalltalk is the Red Pill, once you know it and get it, you will never want to go back. 

You have been warned.


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