Building GST on a Mac (some notes)

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The mac build instructions found at doesn't quite reflect my experience. They're not wrong, they're just not what I did (and keep doing, because I forget to write this stuff down). Of course, I'm using stow, and a PPC mac, which changes things a bit.

I installed the latest versions of

  • autoconf
  • automake
  • gawk
  • GNU libtool
  • GNU readline
  • git (not the GNU Interactive Tools, but the Version Control System.)

Smalltalk, Seaside, and Evangelism

Randall Schwartz gave a presentation on Seaside at SCALE 8x.

He made an offhand comment about not knowing how to install GNU Smalltalk.

Several of my friends were quite impressed with the demonstration; maybe not so much with Seaside, but with the language itself. Some of them muttered "Why haven't I looked at Smalltalk before?"

Randall used Squeak, but several of my friends know that I tend to prefer GNU Smalltalk. I'm a command-line junkie, after all, and Squeak doesn't play so nice there. Today one of 'em used macports in an attempt to install GST, and it failed miserably.

Iliad website online!


The new website is online!

During the week we'll continue writing documentation and tutorials.

I would like to thank Aurélia Saout for her contributed work on the
logo and design.

Automatic AJAX file upload in Iliad


Until now with Iliad it wasn't possible to use the javascript layer to send an AJAX request when uploading files in a form. The problem with traditional file uploads is that it doesn't feel good with modern web applications, especially applications heavily using AJAX like iliad ones.

Since it's not possible to upload files using the browser's XMLHttpRequest object, I choose to use the well known technique of the hidden iframe used as the target of the form, combined with a real XMLHttpRequest used to update dirty widgets once the first request is complete.

Here is how it looks like together with Formula:

Iliad 0.8 Beta 1


The first beta of the 0.8.x branch of Iliad is finally out!

The release is only available for GNU-Smalltalk for now, but the Squeak/Pharo version should come next week, and a VisualWorks port is expected too.

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