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Author Thomas, Dave
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Language English
Abstract Over the last 10 years, Smalltalk has moved from the “Parc” to Main Street as a standard object-oriented (OO) fifth generation language (5GL) for enterprise computing. To meet the needs of application developers, Smalltalk environments and tools have matured from the original research implementations to full-featured, multiplatform development environments. A recent study of development tools conducted by Software Productivity Research in Massachusetts for a software productivity consortium ranked Smalltalk first in most categories. What is surprising about this study is the application: a demanding telephone switch traditionally dominated by C or proprietary talc languages such as Chill, Protel, and Plex. The fact that Smalltalk ranked so highly is a testimony that Smalltalk is an application 5GL that scales. This article discusses the major technical challenges addressed by Smalltalk implementors and application developers working on a wide spectrum of applications.
Description Affiliation: Founder and CEO of Object Technology International, Inc., (OTI), Ontario, Canada. (Thomas, Dave)
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2005-08-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal Communications of the ACM (CACM)
Volume Number 38
Issue Number 10
Page Count 3
Starting Page 112
Ending Page 114

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