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Smalltalk-80: The Language and Its Implementation (Addison-Wesley series in computer science) [Hardcover]

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  • Hardcover: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Longman Higher Education (Dec 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201113716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201113716
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 19 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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This is the famous 'Blue Book' which every serious Smalltalker should have on their shelves to show off as a historical document of the highest order; but not only for that reason. It provides a superb vision and clear description of the Smalltalk language and environment. It's dated in places, but that only adds to its appeal. Serious programmers can only gain from seeing how things were done at the dawn of Smalltalk. Most importantly, and uniquely, it defines a complete reference implementation for the original Smalltalk-80 Virtual Machine that ran the original Smalltalk-80 Image. The reference code is all in Smalltalk and was written for clarity, not performance --modern Smalltalk VMs have optimisations making for high performance but it is difficult for beginners to see beyond these features to understand the basics. This book is now out of print and should not be confused with Smalltalk:The Language by the same authors (the Purple Book). The Blue Book's contents:
Part One - overview of programming language( concepts and syntax)
Part Two - specification of the system's functionality
Part Three - design and implementation of a moderate-size application
Part Four - specification of the Smalltalk-80 virtual machine
The Purple Book is the Blue Book minus part four. In some senses the Blue Book is bang up to date, for instance the GNU herd specify it as their main reference, to quote:
'GNU Smalltalk is an implementation that closely follows the Smalltalk-80 language (tm ParcPlace Systems) as described in the book `Smalltalk-80: the Language and its Implementation'..."the Blue Book"'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If there was ever a book that needed to be brought back into print... 23 Mar 2007
By Diane M. Napolitano - Published on
If someone out there from Addison-Wesley is listening, hopefully they'll hear this plea to bring "Smalltalk-80: The Language and its Implementation" back into print. There is simply no better resource to completely cover this beautiful, unique system. Smalltalk is an extremely important language for both OOP and otherwise; there are volumes of concepts here that are remarkably relevant to this day, and yet we still have much to learn that our friends at Xerox PARC were able to accomplish 20+ years ago.

We like to think today that we know how to write books on programming, but I'll tell you, this is one of the most enjoyable books I've ever read on the subject. Surprisingly clear and thought-provoking, this book doesn't beat you over the head with the concept, but gives a basic idea and lets you use your own creativity in applying the material. Truly a book that appreciates the "programming is an art and a science" philosophy.

My copy of "Smalltalk-80: The Language" should arrive at my doorstep any day now :)
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