"Why on earth would you be interested in Smalltalk? That ship set sail 30 years ago and hasn't been popular since the 80's. Think you can find a job using that language buddy?"Popularity and finding a job aren't my motivators for learning Smalltalk, but I do have several other motivations:
- Historical - Smalltalk was one of the first object oriented languages (Simula beat it) and as such forms the foundation of much many modern languages. I might learn Lisp for the same reason.
- More dynamic than even Ruby - As well as having the equivalent of Ruby's duck typing (you send "messages" to objects in Smalltalk), Smalltalk programs can be changed while the program is running.
- Seaside - An interesting web development framework.
- Croquet - A peer-to-peer 3D environment similar in concept to Second Life. I'm planning on writing my master's thesis on "Peer-to-Peer Collaborative 3D
Content Creation" using Croquet.
- Interesting Environment - Smalltalk is more than a language, it is a complete environment and closer to an IDE or even an OS where you can reprogram everything including the compiler on the fly. More on this later.