So one of the very common rants around the office here at the Eclipse Foundation is Denis (aka Webmaster) saying “…there you guys go again with that Smalltalk this, Smalltalk that stuff! Arrggghhhhh!” He regularly mocks us that every lunch conversation will hit upon Smalltalk within 10 minutes, no matter what topic the conversation starts from. If you think I’m making this up, just ask him.
You see, it turns out that many of us in the Eclipse world in general and at the Eclipse Foundation in particular have backgrounds in Smalltalk. I was one of the original guys who worked on ENVY/Developer, Ian Skerrett was our first ever ENVY marketing guy, Skip McGaughey was instrumental in getting IBM interested in Smalltalk, Donald Smith and Wayne Beaton taught it, Bjorn Freeman-Benson and Ward Cunningham were (are?) world-famous Smalltalkers.
Yes, we are Old Dudes Who Know Smalltalk. Listen and learn! 🙂