Holy-Elie Scaide

Doing Smalltalk

Lately I’ve been interested in not so popular programming languages, like Common Lisp, Forth, and Smalltalk. I’ve started programming in C and Python and have never strayed away from the familiar syntax and concepts. I did encounter Pharo before that, but I lacked the motivation to explore it. This was an occasion to revisit it.

Pharo looks more like a game engine like Unreal Engine 5 or Unity than the standard IDE. You are not editing files inside a directory tree. You instead have an image that contains the whole development environment. The surprising thing is that you do not use the environment to produce an external artifact (program or library). The image is supposed to be your program, you need to mold it into your desired result.