An Object-oriented, dynamically typed programming language that was the main development language used by IBM for the creation of application and development software from the late 1980s into the late 90s when Java took over. It is a simplification of Simula patterned on Euler (experimental Pascal predecessor) but features a dynamic typing system closer to LISP than to most of its Algol brethren and that has long been its Achilles heel, while simplifying programming somewhat it also cases a considerable execution slowdown in comparison to other languages in the Algol family.
The Smalltalk language suffered great setbacks in that latter half of the nineties when almost all of the companies building tools for the language turned their attention to Java and either mothballed or discontinued their Smalltalk offerings wholesale, in more recent years to the renewed interest in Eiffel has also contributed to an erosion of the Smalltalk mindshare, but the latter language has an even cleaner object orientation features and greatly improved execution speeds.
- Enfin Smalltalk
- HP Distributed Smalltalk
- IBM Smalltalk and VisualAge Smalltalk
- Smalltalk/V PM
- Versant Argos
- VisualAge Generator
- Visual Smalltalk
Add-ons and utilities
Most Smalltalk add-ons are/were system specific and are therefore only listed on the page of the Smalltalk system that they support
- ENVY/Developer - Commercial
- Sina/st - OO abstraction language - Open source
- Smalltalk Professional Debug Package - Commercial
- SUnit - Testing framework - Open source
- Synopsis - Automatic document creator - Commercial
- VA Assist - Commercial
- Versant Argos - Commercial
- VOSS - Database/transaction/object persistence system - Commercial/open source
- WindowBuilder Pro - GUI builder - Commercial
- Indelv XML Library - Open source library under the Mozilla Public License - a VisualAge version compatible with OS/2 was supposedly available but the company actually never uploaded it to their site, neither the last 2.2 beta or the earlier 1.01, even though there were download links both of to them on their site for years.
- Seaside - Web framework - Works on some OS/2 Smalltalk's with a little bit of massaging.
- TOPLink - Database connection/persistence classes- Commercial
- WidgetKit/BusinessGraphics - Graphics library - Commercial
Foreign libraries with Smalltalk bindings
- Cairo - 2D graphics library - Open source
- LibcURL - Internet URL (WWW, FTP, etc) access - Open Source
- LZ4 - Compression library - Open source
- Snappy - Compression lib. - Open Source
Editors with Smalltalk support
- jEdit - Java based editor - Smalltalk syntax highlighting built in
- Methods - Commercial
- Smalltalk/V DOS - Commercial
- GNU Smalltalk - Open Source
- Little Smalltalk - Open Source
- ParcPlace Smalltalk-80 - Commercial
- PDST - Open Source
- Squeak - Open Source
- Implementations that run under Win-OS/2
- Smalltalk Express - Commercial, now freeware
- Smalltalk/V Win - Commercial
- VisualAge Smalltalk - Commercial
- Win-OS/2 compatible Smalltalk libraries and utilities
- WidgetKit/BusinessGraphics - Graphics library
- WidgetKit/Professional - Spreadsheet library
- WindowBuilder Pro - GUI builder
- Athena - Open source - Based on SmallWorld, intended for embedding.
- Bistro - Open source
- Redline Smalltalk - Open source
- Smalltalk/JVM - Commercial - Was intended to help you migrate code from Smalltalk to Java rather than as a development environment.
- SmallWorld - public domain
- Talks2 Smalltalk - Open source
- VmxJava - Open source
- Amber - A Smalltalk like language that compiles to ECMAScript
- Clamato - A Smalltalk interpreter for ECMAScript
- Little Smallscript - Another Smalltalk to JS compiler
- Quicksilver Smalltalk - SmallTalk-80 compatible interpreter in ECMAScript
- SqueakJS - An interpreter that allows you to run Squeak Smalltalk inside a browser
- ST2JS - Smalltalk to ECMAScript converter
Links and publications
For information on Smalltalk writings in print see the Smalltalk Bibliography
- European Smalltalk User Group (ESUG) - Smalltalk related news, articles, wiki etc.
- Smalltalk Hub - Open source hosting for Smalltalk related projects.
- Partial mirror of the old University of Illinois Smalltalk archive - What is not there, including some of the research stuff appears to be gone forever.
- Smalltalk Industry Council (STIC)
- The World Of Smalltalk - A Smalltalk site run by Geert Claes, there is little information in there any more but the forum is probaby the most used Smalltalk forum historically.
- USENET comp.lang.smalltalk - fairly popular
- Initial Smalltalk-72 standard not implemented anywhere outside of Xerox, while the Smalltalk-76 standard is sparsely documented, the paper The Smalltalk-76 Programming System Design and Implementation by Daniel H. H. Ingalls should give you an idea though.
- The Smalltalk-80 standard is laid out in the book Smalltalk 80: The language and its implementation by Adele Goldberg and David Robson.
- Draft of the ANSI X3J20 Standard.