There are a number of misconceptions and misunderstandings in this comment. I doubt I can persuade you, but for anyone else who reads it, I will try to correct them.
> Despite what the article says
You seem to misunderstand the article and it does not say what you claim.
I did not say it did.
Java, Scheme, Self, AWK, HyperTalk
> Just ask Brendan Eich.
Two things here.
 It may interest you to know that Mr Eich himself tweeted this story about Croquet.
whose creator described it as "a quickie love-child of C and Self."
Smalltalk, for all its power, remains a relatively niche language and not widely used in industry.
It's the fate of widely-used languages to accumulate features, like any other widely-used software.
> He'll tell you his inspiration came exclusively from Scheme
This is a misremembering of history.
The original plan was to use Scheme, but in fact, due largely to time pressures, that was abandoned and instead Eich used Self with a bolted-on C-like syntax.
This is widely recorded. The link I used in the article itself:
As I’ve often said, and as others at Netscape can confirm, I was recruited to Netscape with the promise of “doing Scheme” in the browser.
It certainly seems clear to me that you didn't follow that link and read Eich's *own history of the development*.
What was meant to be a Scheme for the browser turned into something very different.
You continue to misinterpret what I wrote:
No, because *it's not based on Smalltalk*. It's based on Self. Self is a classless language, using prototypes instead.
In Self, and other prototype-based languages, the duality between classes and object instances is eliminated.
The article does not state that. I did not write those lines. They are _quotes_. I interviewed David A Smith for the story; those are quotations from him, not from me.
What *I* said was:
> We were surprised by the glowing terms in which Smith described it to The Reg:
That does not mean I agree. It means that I thought his explanation added up.
> How does the author define "good" and "best"???
How *I* define them does not matter because I was not using those words; you seem not to notice that they are from the founder and CTO of Croquet Inc. not from me.