Reply to post: Re: Who can forget Smalltalk? (Everybody. It was a long time ago and nobody used it.)

Look, no client! Not quite: the long road to a webbified Vim

Kristian Walsh

Re: Who can forget Smalltalk? (Everybody. It was a long time ago and nobody used it.)

I remember Smalltalk, but not at the time (I'm too young). A nice idea, but it was a bit too free-form for large applicaitons, and it made zero concessions to performance.

Edsger Dijkstra's scathing comment about OOP ("an exceptionally bad idea which could only have originated in California.") was more about Smalltalk's approach of "just sit down and start coding until something looks like it's working" than the very clever ideas of data encapsulation and separation of function that it included.

As for stream-of-text, isn't Microsoft PowerShell basically a command-line environment that uses objects instead of text streams? I've never used it, but the concept appeals to me (especially as about 40% of my shell-script code revolves around parsing the text output of other tools and scripts)

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