[OT] Is there a relationship between Xtalk languages and smalltalk?
revdan at danshafer.com
Thu May 19 17:23:18 EDT 2005
As one of the Gray-Hairs around these parts -- and someone who has
authored books on both xTalks and Smalltalk as well as coding far too
many lines of both to be considered still sane -- I thought I'd take
a stab at your question.
There is virtually no real connection between the two languages other
than the fact that when Bill Atkinson and Dan Winkler were naming the
scripting language in HyperCard, I'm sure they thought that the
suffix "-talk" conveyed better what they were trying to do with this
new artifact of computing than anything else they could come up with.
(I think I remember Dan even telling me something like that once, but
it's been eons in computer terms.)
There were, as I recall, a number of language dialects that ended
with the same suffix. I seem to recall that SuperCard's language was
called SuperTalk, for example. I'm sure there were others that escape
my aging and over-crowded brain at the moment.
Thanks for affording me a brief trip down Memory Lane.
On May 19, 2005, at 6:32 AM, Lynch, Jonathan wrote:
> Reading about smalltalk and hypertalk on the web, it seems like
> there is
> a connection, but I am not clear what the connection might be.
> Was hypercard inspired by smalltalk, or something like that?
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