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Using Smalltalk for Quantitative and Technical Analysis

Cincom Smalltalk Product Manager, Arden Thomas, would like to welcome you to a new series of screencasts that serves as an introduction to Quantitative Analysis (QA)—a technique that uses mathematical and statistical modeling, measurement and research to understand behavior.

The screencasts include guided examples of how to do Quantitative Analysis as well as creating charts and indicators in Cincom Smalltalk.

This new screencast series will also walk you through how to build algorithms and interactive charts. 

Who May Be Interested?

If you have ever wanted to:

  • Learn how to do technical or quantitative analysis on stocks
  • Tweak and explore algorithms
  • Build or experiment with your own charting system
  • Learn a powerful language
  • Have some working examples for a starting point

… this screencast series may be of great interest.

On our website, you can find more information about Quantitative Analysis.

Quantitative Analysis

What’s Covered?

Here are the topics that are covered in the introductory series to get you started quickly:

In these insightful screencasts, you will also learn how to:

  • Do some basic number analysis on stock data series
  • Write code to create indicators using some current article examples
  • Build charts that you can use and customize

Why Is Arden Doing This?

Doing this lets Arden combine a hobby of over three decades with the greatest computer language ever created (but Arden is biased).1 Recently, he wrote an article for the magazine, Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities, which was published in the August 2020 edition.   

You need no Smalltalk experience with Smalltalk or even much programming experience. Many non-programming professionals are very successful with Smalltalk. Smalltalk was the language created and used at Xerox PARC (referenced above), where the graphical user interface, drag and drop, files and folder (office metaphor), Model-View-Controller (MVC) and much more were pioneered or invented. 

Simply put, Smalltalk lets you do more with less, creating clear, succinct solutions that are easier to understand and maintain.  Because of this, they often let sharp folks get their arms around harder problems, which is a competitive advantage. 

To check out these screencasts and learn more, click here.

Quantitative Analysis

If you have questions or comments about these screencasts or anything related to quantitative analysis, please email Arden Thomas at For additional comments, questions and suggestions, contact the Cincom Smalltalk Product Team at

1 Arden is biased – Arden Thomas is the product manager of the largest commercial Smalltalk, which traces its roots back to Xerox PARC.  Before working for companies that sell Smalltalk, Arden used to regularly experiment with new languages. He came across Smalltalk, and after a brief learning curve, never looked back. He could do virtually everything he wanted in a smart, clear, succinct language that lets him express ideas and organize them in the way he wanted.