What, are you trying to bait me? Nowhere in our conversation did I mention Smalltalk.

But since you mentioned it, how is Smalltalk “lame?”

At one time, Smalltalk was the most popular OO language in the world after C++. It was so good for business that IBM chose it as the centrepiece of their VisualAge enterprise initiative to replace COBOL.

Smalltalk has had a long and storied history of achievements and contributions to the world of IT. It directly inspired most of the OO languages we use today.

In the early 2000s, the U.S. joint military used Smalltalk to write a million-line battle simulation program called JWARS. It actually outperformed a similar simulation called STORM written in C++ by the U.S. Air Force. That by itself was an astonishing testament to the capabilities of the language.

Smalltalk was used by JP Morgan to write their massive financial risk management system called Kapital. In fact, Smalltalk is quite popular in the financial industry; other users include Desjardins and UBS.

Orient Overseas Container Lines used Smalltalk to develop their IRIS-2 shipping management system.

Other major users include Florida Power & Light, Texas Instruments, Telecom Argentina, BMW, and Siemens AG.

In my home country, Smalltalk is used by Communications Security Establishment (CSE), Canada’s national cryptologic agency.

Smalltalk is provably the most productive programming language in the world.

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