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An Upgrade to the Lego Blocks of Application Development

Arden Thomas, the Cincom Smalltalk Product Manager, started the Hidden Gems screencast series to share shortcuts, tips and techniques that might make it easier for others to use or jumpstart their Cincom Smalltalk usage. In these screencasts, Arden shares how he uses various components of Cincom Smalltalk, as well as features that he uses for his own productivity that he considers “hidden gems.”

In an earlier screencast, Arden introduced the “DomainMaster”—the Lego blocks of application development. DomainMaster is a framework that makes your application a ValueModel and takes application reuse to a new level. DomainMaster gives you the power of “one”―one domain, one focus and one very reusable application. This is accomplished by following some simple framework guidelines that make frequent, typical patterns easy and simple, allowing you to assemble more complex applications from standardized pieces, just like Legos.

  • Check out the introduction by Arden here.

NEW Hidden Gems: DomainMaster Upgrade

In this new Hidden Gems screencast, we talk about adding a capability to DomainMaster for more flexibility.  We discuss an interesting philosophical point that is very relatable to Smalltalk and how it applies to this upgrade.

We will also do a quick review of DomainMaster and then show the upgrade with a working example.

Watch this new Hidden gems screencast below or click here.

NEW BONUS Hidden Gems: Application Window Opening

In this bonus screencast, we show a useful technique of how to open your application window in a specific place and with a specific size. It demonstrates doing this with “helper” methods in the DomainMaster framework and can be used in your framework or independently just as easily.

Watch this bonus Hidden gems screencast below or click here.