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SmallTalk 80: The Language

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This book, a revision of "Smalltalk-80: the Language and its Implementation, " includes the latest developments and newest features of Smalltalk-80 Version 2.
Paperback, 608 pages
Published January 11th 1989 by Addison-Wesley Professional
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Aug 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I wish more programming language books were like this. It's broken down into three parts:

1) Teaching you the concepts and syntax of the language
2) Illustrated and annotated guide to system internals written in the language you just learned
3) Examples for how to design and build moderate sized applications.

You've gone from rank beginner to intermediate programmer in one book. You'll understand various parts of the class library and you'll be on your way to working on your own applications.
Nick Black
Nov 09, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: likely-reread
The canonical reference to Smalltalk-80...a delightful language, so thoroughly tainted in my mind by wretched, accursed Squeak that it's unlikely I'll use it ever again. To the tune of The Animals:

There's a VM built at Disney,
not by VMWare or Sun,
And it's been the ruin of many a Tech boy,
and God I know I'm one.
Our professor was a trickster,
saying Squeak was what we'd need,
but what Squeak 'ere had to do with OOP
was beyond my sight to see.
Oh mothers, tell your children
not to do as I have done:
Feb 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
A great book, both from the historical and technical perspective, being one of the most complete descriptions of the Smalltalk-80 language you'll find around.

Oddly enough, this book *didn't* feel outdated at all to me. A must have.
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