Cincom Smalltalk Academic Program
The goal of this program is to
- Increase the quality of the available system design and engineering training,
- Provide higher-quality engineers and developers to the industry and users, and
- Expand the Smalltalk community.
Smalltalk is recognized by the education community as a superior language for teaching students about high-quality systems and object development. Ralph Johnson, faculty member in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois USA says:
"I've been teaching object-oriented programming and design for over 14 years, mostly using Smalltalk. I've used C++ a little for teaching, and have been tempted to use Java, but Smalltalk is such a better language for learning to think in objects that I've resisted any pressure by students to switch. The polished class library is full of good examples of design patterns and frameworks, and the powerful yet easy-to-learn programming environment makes programming fun for the students. Cincom VisualWorks® is such a productive system that students can have fairly ambitious class projects. This semester, they are building web search engines, driving robots, building circuit simulators, and animating chromosome replication. A lot of students are skeptical of Smalltalk at the beginning of the course, but they are always impressed at the end."
For more information regarding Ralph Johnson and his course in "Object-Oriented Programming and Design," please visit http://st-www.cs.uiuc.edu/users/cs497/. For a list of Universities and Colleges that are already part of this program, please visit this page.
Participation in Cincom Smalltalk Academic Program
Any educational institution or research center that wishes to use Cincom Smalltalk for teaching or research purposes can apply by registering and signing an academic usage license with Cincom. This will allow access to
- Free software (the most recent release of Cincom Smalltalk Non-Commercial),
- Free support for three named users, and
- Free access to Cincom training material.
Educational institutions are invited to put the software on their web site and to point directly to our http://smalltalk.cincom.com/ pages for more information.
The Cincom Smalltalk Education Program does not cover the use of Cincom Smalltalk for internal information systems development, which requires a separate license.
Registration will be handled more promptly if you also send email to James Robertson, Cincom Smalltalk Product Evangelist.
Feedback on the Cincom Smalltalk Academic Program
Cincom encourages active participation and feedback from educational institutions
- To improve the quality of object development and Smalltalk training for the industry and users,
- To deliver modern teaching techniques (using the web and interactive support) to facilitate access to a larger developer community, and
- To contribute to Cincom Smalltalk offerings through adding enhancement proposals and new components for all existing users.
Please e-mail James Robertson.