Well, they announced so now I guess I can talk about it.
According to their email:
Next Release: VA Smalltalk 9.2
This year Instantiations plans to release VA Smalltalk 9.2, which like version 9.1, has another large set of updates. One of these updates is a new Just-In-Time Compiler for our virtual machine technology that enables it to significantly outperform IBM’s legacy virtual machine.
Also:, of even more interest to me:
Innovation in Unlikely Places
As part of the design process for Instantiations’ new virtual machines, VA Smalltalk was ported to the ARM processor allowing it to run on IoT devices such as the widely popular Raspberry PI. In just under 4 hours, full product compatibility was achieved on a Raspberry PI due to the forward-thinking VM architecture. Because it’s the full VA Smalltalk product on an ARM-based device, all platforms share in the future improvements derived from this port.
I’ll be interested this Access VA Smalltalk for IoT devices with our Early Customer Access Program
Hey I finally got some feedback from my posting!
Mariano Martinez Peck said:
Hi John, I was just checking your sites and blog and it looks pretty cool and what you have been doing with single boards. I will stay tunned! I am personally interested in SoB , IoT, etc and here are Instantiations we also want to continue targeting that more and more. You can check yourself about that in mine, Seth Berman, and Instantiations official twitter and linkedin everything we have been doing.
So far we worked with Raspberry in particular. We added GPIO accessing and MQTT binding, and we already had since several years, minimal images (server running in 1.5MB), remote debugging, stack dumping (similar to Fuel stack dump) and many other features that are quite nice for IoT. (Some stuff redacted here…) We have a long list of devices to try and probe the portability of our VM.
Anyway, if you are interested on learning more, lets us know.
And I replied:
I have to update my website because I also experiment with Arduino stuff (Uno, Due, and Mega 2560). In fact, I just spent 4 1/2 hours last night playing with the Uno. I must have several hundred buried in IoT gear, not even considering the ancillary gear I been collecting over the decades. I’d love to do more work with Smalltalk on these devices, if I only had more time…