Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 25th Sep 2006 05:29 UTC
General Development You've decided to expand your horizons. You've been programming exclusively in Java (or C++, or Perl, or Ruby) for a while now. You're happy and productive, but you have this nagging feeling that you're solving problems by rote rather than thinking as creatively as you once did. Learning a new language, especially one that forces you to re-examine some of your notions about software development, may be just the ticket.
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RE[2]: smalltalk is incredible
by youknowmewell on Tue 26th Sep 2006 00:02 UTC in reply to "RE: smalltalk is incredible"
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"Lisp is the father of dynamic languages. Garbage collection and dynamic typing before Smalltalk ever existed."

Although this is true, I'd like to mention that Common Lisp borrowed its OO system from Smalltalk, and so have influenced each other.

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CLOS is a multiple dispatch system based around the idea of generic functions, while Smalltalk is a single dispatch system modeled around message passing. CLOS circuitously derives from similarities with Smalltalk via LOOPS. CLOS however is not that much like the Smalltalk object model.

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