Cincom VisualWorks is known as the benchmark for object-oriented development. It includes a set of superior development tools with components for any type of work, and it is instantly portable across a wide range of platforms.
Streaming is a common practice in object-oriented programming, and it helps in making application execution more efficient. Streaming is a core part of the classic Smalltalk- standard library and capability.
The SiouX-Server is a new framework for developing Web servers. The main motivation was to build an HTTP server with Xtreams with the goal of squeezing as much scalability and performance out of it as we can.
In ObjectStudio 8.5 and VisualWorks 7.10, Cincom has added full Unicode support to their DB2 connects. This means that from those versions, users will be able to use Unicode table and column names, include Unicode strings in their SQL statements, bind Unicode strings to host variables and even input and output Unicode strings to and from stored procedures.
There are multiple ways of starting your Smalltalk image. Some you may not be aware of, but you would find them useful. This is primarily for developers who have more than one version of VisualWorks installed on their system. Configuration files make it easy to manage and run images from multiple versions.