I also have a blog at Smalltalker2’s Weblog, if you’re interested in Smalltalk topics. Just sayin’. I started it many years ago, but don’t post to it too much.
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:
Well, I finally got off my butt and created a package with examples of how to use OSProcess and CommandLine. It only has a couple of examples until I dig up more examples. I think I started using OSProcess back in Pharo 4. I find it easier to use than OSSubprocess because you can just paste commands from the shell into command: and waitForCommand:. The package is on Smalltalkhub.com and the particulars for Monticello are:
MCHttpRepository location: ‘http://www.smalltalkhub.com/mc/JohnPfersich/OSProcess-Examples/main’ user: ” password: ”
Pine A64 Dreams
Well, Raspberry Pi has some competition in the single board computer space, The Pine A64. There currently a Kickstarter project to fund a 64 bit computer with similar or more powerful specs.
The PINE64 CPU is a quad-core ARM A53 64-bit processor that runs at 1.2GHz.
The GPU on the PINE A64 is a dual-core MALI-400 MP2 and runs at 500MHz, capable of 1.1 Gpixel/s throughput. This means the graphics capabilities are slightly higher than the original X-Box’s level of performance.
PINE A64 board is powered by the latest 64-bit quad core ARM A53 CPU and delivers up to 20-30% better performance than other 32 bit open source counterparts.
Here’s a chart comparing some features on the competing systems.
Right now the only OS available is Android, but the company producing Pine A64 saying it’ll have Ubuntu Snappy and Lubuntu available, they just don’t say when. I preordered the $29 Pine A64+ with 2 gB of memory figuring that the additional ram will be useful. Eventually, I want run Pharo on it, but that may take some time.
There’s an interesting web site: called SMALLTALK ZEN about Web Development with Pharo Smalltalk and Seaside. Pharo Smalltalk contains the reference implementation of Seaside, a web framework that makes it easier to develop web applications. There’s an article on Wikipedia about Seaside and then there’s the Seaside web site.