Design Patterns and SmalltalkAbout Design Patterns, a good text can be [AlpBroWoo98] Here you get a comparison of Design Patterns of the [GoF95] With this two books you can compare C++ and Smalltalk, looking how the two languages implements the same patterns.
Future of SqueakLooking at Squeak 3.0 we see a powerful ide, for experimenting, developing and not only... it is a very fun environment! The Jitter Engine will give to Squeak a powerful VM, faster and free.
I can give you a rouge idea:
- Visual Works 5i, before was of the ObjectShare http://www.objectshare.com now is sell by Cincom http://www.cincom.com It is a big Smalltalk with a large library and a lot of library code. Best, it executes code with a powerful JIT (Just In Time Compiler). It is probably the fastest Smalltalk on the market, in my own opinion.
- Squeak http://www.squeak.org/. Created by Alan Kay, Dan Ingalls, John Maloney and many others authors of first Smalltalk80. Squeak has multimedia support, a fantastic community, and a large base of software. See [IngKaeMal]
- Smalltalk MT
- Smalltalk/X is very powerful, and it is a viable solution for developing under X11. The last license seems free also for commercial usage. Take a look to it.
- Dolphin Smalltalk http://www.objects-arts.com/ is a very simple Smalltalk for MS-Windows, but it has good tutorials.
- Smalltalk Agents http://www.qks.com/
- Visual Age for Smalltalk http://www.ibm.com It is a professional products, very easy to use thank to the Visual Age Ide. Last but not least, the Visual Age for Java's IDE is written in Smalltalk too!
- [Grogono87] Peter Grogono, Programming in Pascal, Addison-Wesley,1987
- [Squeak] Squeak Home Page: http://www.squeak.org
- [IDETutorial] http://kaka.cosc.canterbury.ac.nz/~wolfgang/cosc205/smalltalk1.html
- [GoF95] Gamma, Helm, Jhonson, Vlissides, Design Patters: Elements of Reusable Object Oriented Software, Addison-Wesley, 1995
- [AlpBroWoo98] Alpert, Brown, Woolf, The Design Pattern Smalltalk Companion, Addison-Wesley,1998
- [IngKaeMal] Ingalls, Kaehler, Maloney, Wallace, Kay, Back to the Future: The Story of Squeak, A Practical Smalltalk Written in Itself, 199?