Squeak is most certainly not dead. Its mailing list has been getting full of more and more traffic over the years, with more people coding quite a wealth of libraries and useful applications. For me, Squeak is my desktop system, and the support is certainly there when I need it- whether I'm searching the Swiki (go there first, not the squeak.org page!), talking to folks on IRC or asking on the mailing list. In a lot of ways, the Squeak community is quite a bit more supportive than the Python or Perl community- it's smaller, but it's not so unwieldy. It is usually a lot easier to get an answer, even when it's question the Python or Perl folks would just say "read the FAQ, stoopid newbie." You even have a chance that your question will be answered by Alan Kay, Dan Ingalls or another incredible visionary.
Squeak isn't dead it's just navel-gazing.
[Insert your own Monthy Python style descriptions of the squeak community here]
It must be one heavily lint-ridden navel. I posted this page a few weeks ago; while the absence of responses doesn't necessarily mean much, I find the lack of Squeak (and/or Smalltalk) activity here and elsewhere disconcerting.
squeak.org: the last entry on "where is squeak headed" is from 2000. Not true any longer... see the new squeak.org website at http://squeak.org.
link to Squeak Quick Reference at smalltalk.org, marked "New", is dead
seems to be no squeak info at UIUC pages
Does anyone have a positive Squeak of the Union address they can provide?
I'm not a Squeaker, but in the last two years I've heard a fair number of people in the real world (i.e. not online) talking about it. I would think it's just another small niche, where people are active, but not necessarily talking about what they're doing as much as you would think. I thought Forth was dead, until last year, and it turns out I was quite wrong; it's just...niche. But thriving in that niche.Send some squeakers email, if you really care.Oh...and the big shakeup at Disney no doubt is a big reason why things are quieter than before, don't neglect that factor.
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