"Those of us who know and love this language have always felt bad that there wasn't a commercial grade Smalltalk freely available for self-motivated developers to learn and use," noted Ward Cunningham of Cunningham & Cunningham. "ParcPlace-Digitalk has done us, the developer community, and probably even themselves a tremendous service by assembling this market proven combination of products and giving it away on the net."
Smalltalk Express is based on the 16-bit version of Smalltalk/V Windows 2.0 and the WindowBuilder Pro 1.01 graphic user interface development system. It is a complete Smalltalk development system for use on Windows 95 or Windows 3.1, and contains all the documentation, sample programs, and step-by-step tutorials necessary for developers to build working client/server applications.
More importantly, the clear language, simplified design and powerful interactive environment makes it easier to learn object-oriented programming than with other languages (C++, Java, etc.), or even full-featured Smalltalk environments.
Because of the portable nature of the Smalltalk language, users of Smalltalk Express will be able to easily migrate to more powerful Smalltalk tools, such as those from ParcPlace and others. Direct support for Smalltalk Express will not be provided by ObjectShare, but the Company is encouraging peer internet support from the growing community of Smalltalk programmers and educators who already contribute to the expansion of object-oriented programming.
Pricing and Availability
Smalltalk Express will be available on Monday, September 16th for free download from Objectshare's web site at http://www.objectshare.com. Electronic documentation is also included (in either HTML or Adobe Acrobat format).
To obtain more information, go to www.objectshare.com or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. ObjectShare, 3160 De La Cruz Blvd., Suite 205, Santa Clara, California 95054-2408.