Wednesday, September 06, 2006

The continuing influence of Smalltalk

My friend Paul Holser likes to point out to me how great Smalltalk is. Just this past weekend he and I were chatting about it at the Rice's opening game (we beat the spread).

Lo and behold, why the lucky stiff mentions on 06 Sep 2006 at 13:17 (emphasis mine):

So, Matz cites four reasons for this decision:

  1. The spread of ActiveSupport has increased the need for strings and symbols to be united as hash keys.
  2. To address RCR 342 , which would allow sorting of symbols. (Try: Symbol.all_symbols.sort.)
  3. Smalltalk’s symbols are a subclass of string. (He adds that this is his most motivating reason to do it.)
  4. Using symbols as immediate values can cause them to venture into pointer territory, particularly on OSX .

Smalltalk never dies, it just slowly gets absorbed by languages with good taste.

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