The answer is very simple: Use it. Use Smalltalk.
Use it to teach people how to program, to teach object-oriented programming (or OOP) the right way.
Use it to write web applications with the fabulous Seaside framework.
Use it for desktop apps, mobile apps, games, machine learning, data science, robotics, Internet of Things, and so on.
Use it in startups, as well as large enterprise.
Use it in academia and government. Just use it. Smalltalk’s great-again future lies in a growing user community. You are the future of Smalltalk!
Look for great things in 2017 for Smalltalk. I’m working on a terrific Smalltalk programming tutorial for total beginners. I’m also working on the Redline open source project to put Smalltalk on the JVM (Java Virtual Machine); Redline will be able to join the ranks of Scala, Clojure, Groovy, Jython, JRuby, and Kotlin.
Pharo 6 is expected in April. It will finally give us 64-bit Smalltalk (specifically, a 64-bit JIT’ed Cog VM). Also, “adaptive optimization” to make code execute much faster.
We may even see Pharo 7, which promises a Git-integration tool called Iceberg for source code version control.
There’s never been a more exciting time to jump into Pharo!
Happy New Year, everyone!