'Hello World' printNl
This is my first blog post to GNU Smalltalk world. Actually, I'm not a "blog guy" but I'll give it a try because the message I sent mailing list yesterday didn't arrived (anyone has an idea? This happens to me always with mailing lists :-( ) and I'm impatient to meet GNU Smalltalk community.
I've always heard of Smalltalk while reading some Objective-C, Python or Ruby tutorials, which all are said to be influenced by Smalltalk. And after finding out that none of these languages fit to my "perfect language search" I decided to give a try to Smalltalk itself. I newly began to the Blue Book and I'm very impressed so far. The syntax is much like I'm looking for. "One-way" of doing things like Python and everything is an object concept like Ruby. Even the "if statements" are replaced with "ifTrue messages"!
The only thing that I didn't like is the Virtual Machine, because I like compiled things. But, hey, if there is an interpreter system like GNU Smalltalk then why not have a "Smalltak Compiler" in the future?
I didn't contributed to any open source project yet, unfortunately. And I'm an hobbyist programmer, so I don't know much about GIT, autoconf, automake kind of things (I'm gonna learn one day, -Jack Shepard look- I promise). But maybe I can contribute to this project in another way, ha?
Since I am mostly a web programmer. The first thing I look is the design of a page. GNU Smalltalk has a web page made using a Wiki. Although Wikis are very useful and necessary for such projects; for the main pages I always prefer custom made content management systems like php.net's or python.org's. Why not have a custom web site made just for GNU Smalltalk and reflecting the Smalltalk soul?
I was doing some web page design experimentations for GNU Smalltalk yesterday. Here is the current result (just the Documentation link works):
Maybe we can code a custom news, documentation with comment, FAQ and even a small, cute forum system via PHP & MySQL and have our very own web site? I'll post a message regarding this suggestion as soon as my mailing list problem is solved. See ya in another post...