#027 (en) - Gemstone/S Monthly 02/14 - Gemstone/S 3.2

29.04.14, 22:43:25 by SmalltalkInspect

This podcast is all about the upcoming version of Gemstone/S 3.2 - have much fun with it.

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#026 (en) - Gemstone/S Monthly 01/14 - GarbageCollection

12.02.14, 17:11:02 by SmalltalkInspect

In this episode we talk about various aspects of GarbageCollection within Gemstone - either in the core database or the GEM clients.

Participants in this podcast are James Foster and Dale Henrichs from Gemtalksystems and Johan Brichau.

Further informational links:


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#025 (en) - Gemstone/S Monthly 12/13

22.12.13, 21:17:28 by SmalltalkInspect

In this episode we are starting a periodical podcast about Gemstone/S - an object oriented database with Smalltalk as its main language.

We had already a podcast about this topic around in 2011 with Norbert Hartl - but due to the fact, that some of us are now taking a closer look at this product again it seemed to be interesting to start a discussion round again.

Participants in the podcast are James Foster and Dale Henrichs from Gemtalksystems. Norbert Hartl, Mariano Martinez Peck as users of this system.

Topics covered in this talk are: GemTools, Topaz or Jade ? Various source code repositories ? Where to find source code ? Programmings tips ? How to switch from VA/Pharo to Gemstone.

Further informational links:




And not to forget: Happy Christmas to all listeners of this podcast.

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#024 (en) - Smalltalk under the Pi: an Interview with Tim Rowledge

04.05.13, 21:21:57 by SmalltalkInspect

In this episode we talk to tim Rowledge about his work on Smalltalk VMs over the years, especially for the RISC OS Platform and ARM machines.. The latest and probably hottest thing in this arena is his port of Squeak to the Raspberry Pi. This is not only cool in itself, but more importantly enables Raspberry Pi users to use Scratch and EToys on this little machine on RISC OS (the Raspbian Linux version existed before). You can probably imagine how much fun we had in recording this session.
For more info on Scratch you can visit the Scratch Homepage.
There's also a Scratch Forum on the Pi website.

This once more is a little long, but we found so much valuable and interesting info in this gem that we couldn't remove anything without feeling like betraying our listeners. If you want to dig deeper on things we've discussed with tim, visit some of these links:



So, have fun listening and feel free to give us feedback in the comments.

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#023 (en) - Progressing with Pharo: an Interview with Stephane Ducasse

13.01.13, 11:56:28 by SmalltalkInspect

We start the fresh year 2013 with an interview with Stephane Ducasse from Inria, who started the Pharo Smalltalk project with a bunch of Smalltalkers as a fork of Squeak a few years ago. Pharo has come a long way since then. The community is currently working on Pharo 2.0 which has been released as a beta just a few days ago.
Aside from the product evolution of Pharo, we cover the new Pharo Consortium and Pharo Association, two organizations that were founded last year to achieve several goals:


  • create a formal steering committee for Pharo's evolution

  • gather Pharo users and put more steam into the Pharo Smalltalk "marketing" engine

  • collect money to pay engineers who develop Pharo


Stephane gives us a few details on the goals and relationship between the two organizations.
We finish with a discussion of Smalltalk's future.

This short text is a only poor summary of this inspiring discussion, so you better listen to it and learn a lot about what is going on in and around Pharo Smalltalk. Just a few keywords that we talk about:

  • Where does Pharo come from and where is it heading

  • Continuous integration and CI servers for images and the Smalltalk VM

  • What is the competition of Smalltalk / Pharo

  • Coordination of Efforts in the Pharo Community

  • Smalltalk in Education and Research

  • What is Smalltalk's place in commercial projects

  • Pharo and Amber Smalltalk

  • What's the job of the core team at Inria?


Please note that we've had some audio problems during recording. Around minute 25, there is some distortion, but the overall interview has good sound quality.

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