Docstrings considered too complicated

Gregory Ewing greg.ewing at
Thu Mar 4 11:15:23 CET 2010

Steve Holden wrote:

> Puts me in mind of Mario Wolczko's early attempts to implement SmallTalk
> on a VAX 11/750. The only bitmapped display we had available was a Three
> Rivers PERQ, connected by a 9600bps serial line. We left it running at
> seven o'clock one evening, and by nine am the next day it had brought up
> about two thirds of the initial VM loader screen ...

A couple of my contemporary postgraduate students worked on
getting Smalltalk to run on an Apple Lisa. Their first attempt
at a VM implementation was written in Pascal, and it wasn't
very efficient. I remember walking into their room one day
and seeing one of them sitting there watching it boot, drawing
stuff on the screen  v...e...r...y...   s...l...o...w...l...y...

At least their display was wired directly to the machine
running the code. I hate to think what bitmapped graphics at
9600 baud would be like!


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