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Re: [Help-smalltalk] GST for web

From: Janko Mivšek
Subject: Re: [Help-smalltalk] GST for web
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2008 13:59:34 +0100
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Esteban A. Maringolo wrote:
¿Is anybody using GST as a scripting/programming language for web applications?

I think it would be a very good lightweight alternative to languages
such as PHP, Perl, etc.

Lightweight, but for heavyweight web apps in terms of complexity, as other Smalltalks are. Is there any obstacle for GST not to be as good as other Smalltalks there?

One of the strong benefits I see in GST is the possibility of
using/deploying Smalltalk "the language", without having to use
Smalltalk "the environment".

This is definitively a benefit of Linux users which prefer command line against GUI, so the GST can be a good magnet for them, especially when GST got the web frameworks from other Smalltalks, which are better to other offerings like Ruby on Rails. And if they were able to learn Ruby, then GST should be simple for them.

While for deployment I still prefer GUI because it is much simpler to debug problems. And if you have a VNC connected headless image as it is possible with Squeak, well, that's just a nirvana :)

I don't want to rent a dedicated webserver just to host my smalltalk
of preference.

You can host such an image on any virtual server out there, no X needed,
but you still have a GUI view of your image! That's what Squeak with
it's VNC server in an image can do.


Janko Mivšek
Smalltalk Web Application Server

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