[Cuis-dev] UK Smalltalk User Group meeting - Wednesday February 24th
giovanni at corriga.net
Sun Feb 7 14:14:33 PST 2021
The next meeting of the UK Smalltalk User Group will be on Wednesday,
February 24th.Christian Haider will guide us in a tour of the Amber dialect
of Smalltalk and its Silk web framework.In his own words...
Amber , created by Nicolas Petton, is a Smalltalk implemented in
maintainer Herby Vojčík, is a web framework in Amber. I was looking for a
good solution for the web for a long time. At the last ESUG, I was bugging
everybody about a Smalltalk in the browser, because I decided to redo the
There were some developments, but only Amber was available. So I tried it
for real on a little side project  to see if this route is viable -
spoiler: it is!
Silk, the web framework, caught my attention and I fell in love with it.
Silk is very simple, straight forward and powerful, just the properties I
love Smalltalk for. A Silk is basically a facade for a DOM node in the
browser allowing the programmer to build up and manipulate the DOM in a
direct way. Silk is so easy and intuitive that it never stood in the way
and just worked. So, I could just concentrate on the complexities of the
web (and the app).
In this presentation I will walk you through the setup, show you the Amber
tools and explore what you can do with Silk. I will try to justify my
enthusiasm and appreciation for Silk :-).
About me: My name is Christian Haider  and I use Smalltalk since the
mid-90s. Fortunately, I earn my living with Smalltalk and use it on a daily
bases (mostly VisualWorks). I like programming UIs and graphics. My largest
open source contribution is a PDF library , the most significant one is
 https://unsere-gelder.de/ (in German)
 https://christianhaider.de/ (in German)
Given the current COVID-19 restrictions, this will be an online meeting
If you'd like to join us, please sign up in advance on the meeting's Meetup
page ( https://www.meetup.com/UKSTUG/events/cbklbryccdbgc/ ) to receive the
meeting details. Don’t forget to bring your laptop and drinks!
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