GWT Smalltalk / SST Java

December 30, 2010

Last year, I introduced an experimental Smalltalk (GWT Smalltalk) which ran in the browser using only JavaScript without plug-ins. GWT-Smalltalk was built by converting Java to JavaScript using Google’s GWT compiler.

The Java port of the Silver Smalltalk Virtual Machine (SSTVM) is currently proceeding well and I expect to have much of it completed within the next two weeks.

This should enable Silver Smalltalk to run on any platform hosting a Java virtual machine – in particular, I am interested in the Macintosh desktop, the Linux desktop (with Swing or SWT), and Android devices running the Dalvik VM.

But once SSTVM is ported to Java, I can also automatically generate a JavaScript version using the Google GWT compiler with no extra work. So, there is a possibility of a GWT-based version of Silver Smalltalk early next year.

That would allow SST to run in the HTML/HTML5/JavaScript environment as well.

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2 Responses to “GWT Smalltalk / SST Java”

  1. Andy Burnett Says:

    Bringing back the javascript version would be fantastic!

  2. Travis Kay Says:

    Seeing you come back with recent work on bringing Smalltalk to Java and .Net makes me happy.


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