SST/ExtJs WindowBuilder Tool

January 26, 2011

Smalltalk Express WindowBuilder

Smalltalk Express WindowBuilder

Above is an image of the Smalltalk Express / WindowBuilder tool (16-bit Digitalk Smalltalk/V 2.0).

In the early 1990’s, I was doing consulting work building interfaces using Microsoft Windows 3.1 which was designed for the “segmented” memory model of the early (Intel 8088) IBM PC’s. Programming was done in “C” with “NEAR” and “FAR” pointers and a host of other nonsense that I have thankfully forgotten. In other words, programming Windows 3.1 was a total nightmare.

Then I got a copy of Digitalk/V 2.0 and WindowBuilder. Creating windows was easy! IMHO, what most people like about Smalltalk is that it makes programming much easier – you can concentrate on the application and forget the low-level details.

SST/ExtJs is rapidly maturing and in a couple of days there will be tools available such as ClassBrowsers and Inspectors.

I will also be adding a design tool for building user interfaces modeled, as much as possible, on the concepts of WindowBuilder.

This will initially be for SST/ExtJs but I wll also implement it for SST/Silverlight and SST/Flash.

The goal is to be able to build web-based, collaborative applications rapidly and with a minimum of effort.


2 Responses to “SST/ExtJs WindowBuilder Tool”

  1. Andy Burnett Says:

    Peter, if you happen to have any spare time… have you looked at the Sencha Touch javascript library for iphone/android etc. It would be amazing if we could build iphone apps straight from within SST.

    Just thinking out loud 😉

    • Peter Fisk Says:


      Yes, I am aware of the Sencha libraries. Also, ExtJs 4.0 will be released in a few weeks; it can do graphics entirely in JavaScript.

      The SST/Js interpreter is library agnostic and should be able to work with any Js library present or future.

      — Peter

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