Sitting on my flight back home, I'm pondering how the presentation to the Dallas Ruby group was received. The first thing to come to mind is this: as I've visited various Ruby groups, it's clear that Smalltalk has some nascent mindshare. Everyone tells me that Smalltalk comes up in conversation a lot, but they just don't hear much about it (leading them to believe that there's not much going on with it). Clearly, this means that we (Cincom) need to do a better job of promoting what we do. Here are a few things that anyone interested in Smalltalk should know about:
- Industry Misinterpretations - our weekly podcast. You can subscribe with iTunes. We have fresh ideas about Smalltalk and interviews with notable people in the Smalltalk (and dynamic language) community regularly
- Smalltalk Daily - our daily screencast demonstrating "how to" do various things with ObjectStudio and VisualWorks. There are over 500 of these now, and a new one appears every weekday. You can subscribe in iTunes
- Smalltalk Videos - we post videos from trade shows, various presentations, and longer form screencasts. As with evreything else, you can subscribe in iTunes
With that out of the way, some more observations - the ability to debug web applications (especially in the browser with Web Velocity) really impresses people - jaws regularly drop when I demonstrate that. The entire environment impresses people, but the debugger (and even the workspace) especially. Want to impress a non-Smalltalker? Just do a demo that shows coding in the debugger!