Linked by Ritesh Kumar on Thu 13th May 2004 19:31 UTC
General Development In recent years "scripting languages" are becoming a path which is a must go for rapid application development. The open source community has seen many scripting language implementations. Some really popular and good ones available are perl and python.
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Objective-C/Smalltalk scripting
by Dean Powell on Fri 14th May 2004 03:10 UTC

" I have been looking at this language called Objective C lately. It seems to be a natively compiled version of a language like Java."

Objective-C is an object-oriented superset of C which was created by melding ANSI-C with Smalltalk. Because it's Smalltalk-based, the syntax takes a little getting used to, but once you get the hang of it you're spoiled for anything else.

Yu might want to try out StepTalk,
http://steptalk.agentfarms.net/
which is a Smalltalk-based scripting language that sits on top of GNUstep, the open-source variant of the old NeXT platform. GNUstep is built with Objective-C and currently uses its own variation of Apple's Foundation and Appkit classes. IIRC, StepTalk is actually a variant of Smalltalk, but for use with the Objective-C classes of GNUstep.

You might also be interested in GNU Smalltalk. Unlike traditional Smalltalk systems, this one is command-line driven, and is very well suited to scripting tasks. You can check it out at:
http://www.gnu.org/software/smalltalk/smalltalk.html

Dean Powell