I remember the sheer amazement that I felt the first time I saw the Squeak programming environment. It is driven by one of the first object oriented languages: Smalltalk. The demo is quite impressive: a whole world of graphical components had been built up and it looked pretty easy to script them and make them work together. It is plagued by some problems though. Most people don’t have it, and are thus probably not willing to download the 16.3MB file to have a functioning environment for one little application. That combined with the fact that not too many people know Smalltalk makes it a tough sell these days. This thing was about a decade too early.
I’m looking to put all of this stuff together into a next-generation live-wiki/messaging/annotation/blog/kitchen-sink system.
Here are some links related to all of this stuff:
- Jesse’s Bookmarklets Site - a collection of very useful bookmarklets
- Favlets.com - bookmarklets are also known as favelets
- Dynamic HTML and XML: The XMLHttpRequest Object - Apple has a good tutorial on it
- Using the XML HTTP Request object - another good tutorial
- Google Suggest - uses the XMLHttpRequest object to show a live dropdown of searches similar to the one that you are typing