New Blog – SIMPL/PHP

January 20, 2012

Hello again,

I have started a new blog at

SIMPL/PHP is a complete “Smalltalk-like” online environment for developing Internet applications.

And I will keep this blog alive as well for discussing Smalltalk…


6 Responses to “New Blog – SIMPL/PHP”

  1. Carl Gundel Says:

    Smalltalk-like? What happened to your Smalltalk implementation?

  2. Peter Fisk Says:

    PHP is the deployment platform of choice for my clients.

    SIMPL/PHP is a commercial tool for web applications.

    There seems to be very little interest in Smalltalk today…

  3. Strange, that Smalltalk got little interest. Your Quicksilver Smalltalk site got featured in the CodeProject daily newsletter several months ago so I am wondering if you received negative reactions?

    • Peter Fisk Says:

      No, I didn’t receive any negative reactions.

      I think that the interest in Smalltalk as a language is quite limited, at least for the newest generation of programmers.

      What people like the most about Smalltalk are the tools (browsers, inspectors, refactoring, etc), the large class libraries, and the interactive way that applications can be developed.

      But similar tools are now available for other languages like Python, Ruby, and Clojure.

      So, I think it is mainly a question that the “ecological niche” that Smalltalk occupied has been usurped by newer languages. And all of the languages that I listed above have a much richer syntax for manipulating data structures.

      Recently, I wrote some applications using Ruby and I found that Ruby is basically Smalltalk with a different (and IMHO, better) syntax.

      Ruby and Ruby-on-Rails are some of the most active projects on GitHub.

      So, I think that people who would have been attracted to Smalltalk are using Ruby instead.

  4. Sebastian Says:

    Somehow sad, but I think you are right in your analysis and your chances of commercial success are much higher by offering these technologies based on the most widespread web-development languages / environments.

    Wish you much success in your endeavours.

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