[buug] Smalltalk Event Downtown, Sunday 9 April

Chris Cunnington brasspen at gmail.com
Tue Mar 21 09:23:41 PDT 2017

The quick answer is nothing. 

The reason I say that is most people care mainly about getting work done in specific domains. Python and Javascript have lots of libraries optimized for domains. 
You know what kind of work you want to do and you can find a library to do it faster because of the volume of users. 

The longer answer divides the question into process and product. 
Does it matter how you get work done? Do you only care about the product? 
If so, then the Smalltalk way is agreeable to some people. It’s more how I think, so I like it. 
We have an ad for beer here in Ontario (Canada) that says: “Those that like it like it a lot.” 

The other reason is that Python and Javascript are going to get pretty weird if you want to use continuations and such. 
I subscribe that if you want to reach the outer limits of exploring computer science you’ll need a language like Smalltalk or Lisp. 

But if you want to do what everybody else is doing in exactly the way they do it, then, no, Smalltalk has nothing to offer. 

Hope that helps, 

> On Mar 21, 2017, at 12:08 PM, Ian Zimmerman <itz at primate.net> wrote:
> On 2017-03-21 09:59, Chris Cunnington wrote:
>> OopluCon 2017
>> A Day For The Smalltalk Programming Language And Its Friends
>> 11-6 pm, The SF Chronicle Building, suite 306
>> http://www.ooplu.com <http://www.ooplu.com/>
> What does Smalltalk give you that Python (or even Javascript) doesn't?
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