The posting discusses how it’s hard to ignore Smalltalk’s influence on what we do and use right now. Although we can’t help but get excited about new technologies (and fun, new toys), we also need to be mindful of what brought us to this point—important, historical technologies such as Smalltalk.
The first time I got a question about running ObjectStudio headless (i.e., without any GUI running), I was a little taken aback. “We can’t do that”, I thought. “ObjectStudio was written as a Windows GUI application.” I figured it would take some careful redesign work to disentangle the Windows GUI assumptions, but I was wrong. [...]