Can Learning Smalltalk Make You A Better Programmer?
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It’s a superlative prototyping language for startups. It’s an industrial-strength enterprise language used by businesses both big and small all around the globe… Smalltalk’s implementation of the object-oriented paradigm is so excellent that it has influenced an entire generation of OO languages, such as Objective-C, Python, Ruby, CLOS, PHP 5, Perl 6, Erlang, Groovy, Scala, Dart, Swift, and so on. By learning Smalltalk, you’ll understand how all of those useful features in today’s OO languages came to be.
The article also argues that Smalltalk pioneered just-in-time compilation and virtual machines, the model-view-controller design paradigm, and to a large extent, even test-driven development. But most importantly, Smalltalk’s reliance on domain-specific languages makes it “the ‘purest’ OO, and one of the earliest… It is often said that programming in Smalltalk or Python is rather like Zen; your mind just flows effortlessly with the task. This is the beauty and value of language simplicity, and Smalltalk has this in spades… Smalltalk, by virtue of its object purity and consistency, will give you a profoundly better understanding of object-oriented programming and how to use it to its best effect.”
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