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IBM SmallTalk: The Language (Benjamin/Cummings Series in Object-Oriented Software Enginee)by David N. Smith
The IBM Smalltalk language is delivered in several products, as VisualAge which emphasizes visual construction of interfaces and applications, and as IBM Smalltalk which emphasizes a more traditional textual programming approach. Each comes with two levels of development support: team and individual. Each of these runs on a number of platforms, including IBM OS/2, Microsoft Windows, and AIX.
This is a language book. It describes the IBM Smalltalk language and class libraries. Like most books for other languages, this book does not describe the development environment, the compiler, editors, or debuggers, to any great degree. The environment in which Smalltalk programs are written looks, feels, and acts in different ways in VisualAge than in IBM Smalltalk, is different in the team and individual versions, and is different in look and feel across the various implementation platforms. This book concentrates on the language and core libraries, because they are common to and uniform across all products and platforms. This book thus applies to all of the IBM Smalltalk and VisualAge products.
Information specific to a platform is omitted since the book (and IBM Smalltalk) is platform independent. There are no live screen shots, no platform-specific operating system or graphics calls, and no information on installing or starting Smalltalk. Detailed information on the development environment is likewise omitted, since the subject is large, details vary by platform, and the topic deserves a book of its own. Graphics and windowing are introduced in this book, but will be described in detail in a companion volume.
It is assumed that readers know how to program in some language, know the concepts of variable, procedure, parameter, loop, array, number, and so on, and have some experience writing programs for others to use.
If you are already a Smalltalk programmer, you will know most of the material in the early chapters. However, there are some extensions and changes, and it will be worthwhile skimming these chapters.
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