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Smalltalk Standards Project. ESUG 2008, Amsterdam

Smalltalk Standards Project. ESUG 2008, Amsterdam

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    • Smalltalk Standards Project Update and Discussion
    • Portability VisualWorks My code Gemstone Squeak GNU Smalltalk
    • Portability VisualWorks Your code Gemstone Squeak GNU Smalltalk
    • Sport
    • Standards ● ESUG 2007: – Sport should go away – Standards should take it's place – ... someone should ... ... so ...
    • Community Effort ● Mailing List ● Wiki ● Talking to ANSI ● Working out how to work together ● Voting
    • ANSI ● Well defined process ● Gravitas but ● $1,200 membership and
    • ANSI All your work are belong to us
    • STEP ● Paolo Bonzini proposed “STEP” – Smalltalk Enhancement Process – based on the Python PEP ● What of ANSI?
    • Where are we now? ● 81 people on the mailing list ● Several STEPs with owners ● Need to keep up momentum ● Need help with ANSI from commercial dudes
    • Smalltalk Standards Project ● Yet more standards talk at ESUG last year – Sport & ANSI etc ● Oct: contacted ANSI/INCITS, mailing list starts ● Nov: – Admin (voting tools and mail list config) – Started ANSI/INCITS application process – Motto?: ● Portable Smalltalk across evolving implementations
    • Smalltalk Standards Project ● Dec: – Response from ANSI/INCITS ● We pay membership, they get all the rights ● Jan: – Discussion about ANSI – Trying to generate more interest ● Squeakers & Vendors ● Feb: – Voted to administer ourselves – STEP process (based on Python PEP)
    • Smalltalk Standards Project ● Mar – Lively debates on what and how – Widening the scope of the standard ● missing methods ● Apr – Array creation syntax debate ● To now – More discussion, but quiet
    • Smalltalk Standards Project ● Good progress over the year – Mail list & Wiki – ANSI explored and rejected – STEP process – Lots of discussions ● Slowing down for the summer ● Need to re-build and maintain momentum
    • Smalltalk Standards Project ● http://smalltalk.gnu.org/wiki ● http://lists.openskills.org/ ... and click on ANSI-Smalltalk