[squeak-dev] Re: Squeak All-in-One

Sean P. DeNigris sean at clipperadams.com
Thu Apr 29 16:03:15 UTC 2010

Given that it seems developers will not use an all-in-one image, I thought
Michael's "Taste of Squeak" idea was awesome - bundle some of the coolest
apps together to get a new user hooked on Squeak's power, and they will be
willing to put in the extra effort to get a standard download.

The exchange between Michael and Ian in the former thread (A little 4.1
press coverage):

Michael Davies-2 wrote:
> The great thing about the one-click image is that it's such a powerful way
> to get people hooked. If you've got, say, a Mandelbrot generator that you
> want to show to people, it's great to be able to drop it into a one-click
> image, put it and an appealing image on your blog and say to the world
> "just
> download it and run it, it works identically on Windows, OS X and Linux,
> oh
> and if you want to understand how it works, the source code's included, oh
> and it's got a powerful development environment in there as well". People
> can then get a taste for the Squeak environment and perhaps explore the
> development tools without even caring that there's an "image" there. Once
> you've captured their interest and they start thinking about using Squeak
> themselves, they'll be more willing to put in that little bit of effort to
> understand what images and sources and changes and FFI and DLLs and VMs
> and
> changesets and mczs and packages all mean.
> <snip>
> perhaps there should
> be a "Taste of Squeak" one-click image based on the 4.1 release, with a
> few
> of the more appealing packages pre-installed - a combination of 4.1's
> un-threatening UI and in-image help, with some of Edgar's FunSqueak ideas
> could be really attractive.

Ian Trudel-2 wrote:
> One may argue the benefit from having a Mandelbrot generator is that
> people can then look into the code. They may or may not. Your guess is
> as good as mine. Or, for example, we could instead include some games
> (SameGame, Tetris, etc) along with the famous Laser Game tutorial (at
> least a link but preferably in HelpSystem).
> 	“Play games, make games!”
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