[Pharo-project] Popularity of Smalltalk in Software Industry

Stéphane Ducasse stephane.ducasse at inria.fr
Fri May 6 10:30:21 CEST 2011


We should face it: the FFI and Alien... are not that simple. Laurent spent time to try to cnnect to libs and it did 
not work. So we should really improve that aspect.
Igor not everbody is able to code in assembler for nativeboost.
So NB is probably a good insfrastructure but not ready for consumption for everybody.
The interaction with C should be improved :)


> So, read about it. It doesn't bites. :)
>> As I said, I am totally unaware of the limitations of the system, but that
>> it did what I need, and would have liked to do that from Pharo/Squeak. I
>> know Dolphin has/had certain capabilities. But I don't prefer to use
>> non-open source software if at all possible for development. I also am very
>> preferential towards cross-platform software. Dolphin fails on all accounts.
>> I would choose my Python/Pharo blend over Dolphin any day. I know it
>> introduces some pain, but I am willing to accept the pain. I like tools that
>> allow me to use them where ever I am and whatever I am doing.
>> However, that said, when I look at the facilities Python offers for such
>> capabilities it on appearances looks quite impressive.
>> http://docs.python.org/library/ctypes.html
>> """
>> ctypes is a foreign function library for Python. It provides C compatible
>> data types, and allows calling functions in DLLs or shared libraries. It can
>> be used to wrap these libraries in pure Python.
>> Loading dynamic link libraries
>> ctypes exports the cdll, and on Windows windll and oledll objects, for
>> loading dynamic link libraries.
>> You load libraries by accessing them as attributes of these objects. cdll
>> loads libraries which export functions using the standard cdecl calling
>> convention, while windll libraries call functions using the stdcall calling
>> convention. oledll also uses the stdcall calling convention, and assumes the
>> functions return a Windows HRESULT error code. The error code is used to
>> automatically raise a WindowsError exception when the function call fails.
>> Here are some examples for Windows. Note that msvcrt is the MS standard C
>> library containing most standard C functions, and uses the cdecl calling
>> convention:
>>>>> from ctypes import *
>>>>> print windll.kernel32 # doctest: +WINDOWS
>> <WinDLL 'kernel32', handle ... at ...>
>>>>> print cdll.msvcrt # doctest: +WINDOWS
>> <CDLL 'msvcrt', handle ... at ...>
>>>>> libc = cdll.msvcrt # doctest: +WINDOWS
> So? Why do you think that you cannot do the same in Pharo?
> Have you digested what is available before doing it in Python?
>> """
>> It has examples for windows and linux.
> I feel that you are seriously under-informed.
> Just try googling for:
> Squeak + FFI
> Alien
> NativeBoost
> and just check what you can do using it:
> http://www.squeaksource.com/NBOpenGL/
> also check mail archives.
> Forgive me, but i really can't understand , why you can't just look
> for what you need by yourself?
> Are google.com banned by your ISP?
> For me this subject is interested in aspect, why this information
> (while being available openly) didn't catch your
> attention , so you using python instead.
> (Okay, you might miss some functionality like being able to
> automatically generate bindings to COM interfaces).
> But again, i am sure that if you surf the net or ask right questions
> on mailing list, you will probably discover that
> there is already work being done in that direction.
> And at last, if you feel that there is missing some key functionality
> which you want, and you expect that it is also
> could be useful to community, you can always implement it and share
> with people (instead of using Python ;).
> So, next who will come after you won't find himself in a desert with
> couple of oasises few hundred miles away.
>> I didn't read it all as I am unqualified to assess its capabilities or
>> limitations, nor do I presently need it as the win32 extensions do easily
>> and well what I presently need to do.
>> Hopefully it can inform us as to what is expected and doable in alternative
>> languages which are dynamic like Smalltalk.
>> Jimmie
> -- 
> Best regards,
> Igor Stasenko AKA sig.

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