[Pharo-project] usability of Pharo and Squeak

Marcus Denker marcus.denker at inria.fr
Tue May 31 08:48:33 CEST 2011

On May 31, 2011, at 8:19 AM, Andreas Wacknitz wrote:

> Hi all,
> I have convinced a friend to take a closer look at Pharo 1.2.1 and Dolphin Smalltalk. He is an experienced Java developer.
> After some time he started to complain about Pharo. I was discussing with him and now think that he has some valid points.
> His biggest complaint is: "Why does Pharo always show windows at sizes and positions I don't want?"
> I answered him: You could set the standard window size in the class RealEstateAgent and furthermore you can create or change >>initialExtent methods in every class that is involved.
> But his answer was: Why should I do that? It's the responsibility of an IDE. I don't want to program elementary things of my IDE. Why is there no mechanism that let a user set the sizes and positions of windows? Netbeans and Eclipse are doing that nicely. Why isn't it possible in Pharo?
> After that discussion I now question my own way of using Pharo and Squeak. I have created some changesets that I used to file in when using
> a fresh image. But that seems stupid now...

The RealEstateAgent assumes a machine in the spirit of one with a screenseize of 800*600 (old imac).
It should be re-implemented taking into account we are now 15 years later.


Marcus Denker  -- http://www.marcusdenker.de
INRIA Lille -- Nord Europe. Team RMoD.

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