[Pharo-project] Popularity of Smalltalk in Software Industry

Toon Verwaest toon.verwaest at gmail.com
Thu May 5 17:32:54 CEST 2011

On 05/05/2011 05:26 PM, Cédrick Béler wrote:
>> Lastly, most Smalltalk systems are image based...
> ...which makes you feel the system is "alive", hence one **huge 
> benefit** of Smalltalk: its debugger which enables on the fly 
> debbuging... and also test driven development (real one [1]) where you 
> can run incomplete code and code what's missing iteratively when you 
> need it (Smalltalk is a live system, not only a language as somebody 
> said lately).
> Cédrick
> [1] see in particular this webcast: 
> http://www.pharocasts.com/2010/01/starting-with-sunit-and-debugger.html
Seriously ... these points in favor of the image are so m00t. Lets see 
how it would work without an image:

I write a C application which I link to GCC. Now I run GDB on my 
application, and while running I have the whole GCC compiler collection 
at my disposal while running. While debugging (at some breakpoint) I 
just let the GCC library compile some C code for me; I turn on the 
executable flag and whooptidoo, I have a Smalltalk like debugger for C.

This is totally unrelated to having an image; it's just a great debugger 
implementation. 2 completely different things. No reason why this 
wouldn't work for C; except for the fact that they didn't do it yet 
(those lazy bastards).

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