Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Ever wanted to know what happens inside a Smalltalk Virtual Machine?

We have now got a Meetup for the UKSTUG and next Monday's meeting is our first meetup.

Please register for the meet up on Meetup.com and spread the word!


http://www.meetup.com/UKSTUG/events/74688342/

Many thanks, Jason

Monday, 23 July 2012

VM demo by Nick

Next Smalltalk UK meeting at the Counting House will be on Monday 30th July (Gallery Room).

Nick Ager will be doing a presentation on the Pharo VM.

See you there!

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

This the schedule of the remaining 2012 meetings at the Counting House pub.

25th June, Club Room
30th July, Gallery room
20th August, Dining room
24th September, Dining room
29th October, Gallery room
26th November, Gallery room
17th December, Dining room.

Counting House, 50 Cornhill, London EC3V 3PD (map).

Thursday, 23 February 2012

February Meeting: Talks and Workshop on Introducing Smalltalk


The next UK Smalltalk User Group meeting is on this coming Monday, 30th January at 6.30pm at it’s usual location The Counting House.

It is going to be in two halves.

We are starting with two talks. Frank will be giving an update on the github integration work and Tim will be talking about his experiences with MVP.

The second half will be a workshop to look at ways we can better introduce Smalltalk to people that are new to the language. To help get people thinking about this challenge I would like to suggest some reading:

http://ruby.learncodethehardway.org/

Then read one of the introductory chapters from Smalltalk online books at:


and bring along one of the examples from the book that explains an important thing that you think we should be getting across to newbies.

If you are too far away to attend then Tweet an example (#ukstug) and we will discuss it during the workshop. We might even share a google doc as we go along to let others know what we are discussing.

I am looking forward to an interesting evening if the discussion is anything like as interesting as last months discussion on IDEs.

If you are new to Smalltalk or have tried it recently then please come and share your experiences good or bad. Newcomers are always most welcome, whatever your experience or interest in Smalltalk.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012


The next UK Smalltalk User Group meeting is on this coming Monday, 30th January at 6.30pm at it’s usual location The Counting House. This is the first of the talks that we selected at the Christmas meeting. And for some reason I got chosen to go first:

Anatomy of an IDE

Using a few example IDEs we are going to look at what makes an IDE valuable.
Building software is a complex business, software that works and stays in production for years. It is a craft that involves engineering, insight and skill. The tools that we use to build that software are vital enablers to our success.
Between 1997-2004 the dominance of Java and the main vendors’ tools strategies led to something of a stagnation for IDEs. But since then with the return to language diversity and the broadening of platforms there has been a real opportunity to experiment with what an IDE is and means and to look at how it could evolve.
We will look at a range of IDEs including WebVelocity, Cloud9 and Codea and contrast them with more traditional IDEs such as VisualWorks, IntelliJ’s IDEA and Eclipse.
This evening will be more in the format of an overview of the issues and opportunities and then a discussion as I am sure that many of you have a far deeper understanding of many of these IDEs than I do.


Newcomers are most welcome, whatever your experience or interest in Smalltalk. Indeed if you are merely interested in this evening's topic we would welcome the company.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Christmas Meeting 19th December

Just a quick reminder that the next UK Smalltalk User Group meeting is on this coming Monday, 19th December at 6.30pm at it’s usual location The Counting House. It has a Christmas theme. Mulled wine and mince pies courtesy of Cincom when you arrive and drinks at their expense for the evening.

If that isn’t enough to tempt you we are discussing the ideas for next year’s meet ups. We have around 50 ideas and only 12 evenings. This is your chance to help decide which will make interesting and entertaining events. Then Nick and I can get on with trying to arrange them.

Another thought is if you can bring a small Smalltalk present. An idea or useful thing you know or have learnt this year about Smalltalk that you think the rest of us might not know or need reminding of. Again Cincom is giving a small prize for the best of these presents.

Newcomers are most welcome, whatever your experience or interest in Smalltalk.

Monday, 31 October 2011

What an evening!

Another cracking UK Smalltalk User Group meeting. See the calendar for the next one.