If a language designer could recreate Smalltalk’s synergy today, the resulting language would look a lot like Smalltalk.

A language by any other name would smell as sweet. Apple’s recent marketing says, “If it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an iPhone.” Well, if it’s not Smalltalk, it’s not Smalltalk.

I am bemused by today’s developers who are always chasing after the latest shiny thing or “cutting edge” technology. What’s wrong with existing technology that actually gets the job done, and done quickly and easily? Moreover, Smalltalk is not standing still. Pharo continues to evolve in a measured and carefully considered way, which is a good thing. It remains to be seen whether cutting-edge languages can outperform Smalltalk in the productivity department.

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