30% of the worldwide market
of shipping containers is controlled by Smalltalk systems.

Stéphane Ducasse, Director of Research INRIA Lille

Why Am I Still Using Smalltalk?

Posted on in Categories Smalltalk, Support

When Cincom Smalltalk customers contact Support, they are looking for answers to challenges they are facing when using Smalltalk. But beyond getting answers from support, users also want validation from someone other than the vendor that they are making the right choice for their programming language.

James Savidge, Lead Technical Support Engineer, recently pointed out a blog post that references an article called  “Function Points as a Universal Software Metric”,  by Capers Jones of Namcook Analytics. Capers Jones is a long-time expert and author of studies comparing programming languages, including productivity measures.

The paper studies many factors contributing to the overall value of a programming language over the full lifecycle of its use.  You will see that Smalltalk comes out on top in general purpose programming languages and also rates very high in function points per month with fewer lines-of-code.

“Function point metrics are the most accurate and effective metrics yet developed for software sizing and also for studying software productivity, quality, costs, risks, and economic value.”

To see this paper in its entirety, click here.