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Book review: Darwinia
Reviewed: Friday, August 11, 2006

Summer reading: Spin
Reviewed: Saturday, August 5, 2006

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the Golem's Eye
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SELF: the power of simplicity
David Ungar and Randall B. Smith, 1991
Wednesday, September 7, 2005

This old paper compares and contrasts SELF and Smalltalk. SELF takes the Smalltalk ideas of simplicity and minimalism to even greater extremes. It has no classes (only prototypes), no "free" variables (only objects), and merges state and behavior almost seamlessly.

I've always wanted to play with SELF but still haven't managed to get a working version under OS X (though one exists). It blends a beautiful set of ideas into a really interesting mix.

(update: I googled "self os x programming while I was writing this. Now I've downloaded the SELF environment and am fooling with it! Cool).

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