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The VisualAge for Smalltalk Primer With CD-ROM (SIGS: Advances in Object Technology) Paperback – 13 Sep 1998


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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: SIGS; Pap/Com edition (13 Sep 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521646693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521646697
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 2.3 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,760,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Primer is just what is says; a book for those who want to learn how to build client applications in Smalltalk using IBM's VisualAge environment. While it assumes a working knowledge of the fundamentals of programming it assumes you know nothing about Smalltalk.

The object nature of the language leads to an interesting book structure in that it doesn't really have a beginning. You could just read it, but the sensible approach is to install VisualAge Smalltalk on your PC (it runs under Windows 3.1. 95. NT 3.51, NT 4, OS/2 and Unix) and use the book as a resource while working through example projects. The book is based entirely around code examples. These are designed to introduce Smalltalk basics in a practical rather than theoretical context. Fun stuff happens fast in Smalltalk.

While you get to build a Motif style GUI as an exercise there's also a lot of emphasis on database client applications, as you'd expect of anything from IBM. This is less fun but probably more relevant if you're planning to work commercially in Smalltalk. Overall, The VisualAge For Smalltalk Primer is excellent, taking you from novice to near expert using well documented working examples. Recommended. --Steve Patient

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This book shows developers how to succeed with versions 3.0 and 4.0 of VisualAge. It covers helpful background information on the Smalltalk language, the common graphics subsystem, the common widget subsystems, and visual programming in VisualAge. It serves both as an introduction to the Smalltalk language and to the base classes of IBM Smalltalk.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 May 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is structured well explaining VisualAge Smalltalk concepts and provides introductory code examples enabling beginners and developers from other smalltalk environments to become productive quickly.A CDROM is included which enables the examples to be tried out on a pc.
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Badly editied and organized, but is a must-have 11 Aug 2000
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This is one of the very few, if not the only book on IBM's VisualAge Smalltalk. It covers much of the v4 product, but is badly edited with errors in both the text and in the code. Its organization is also confusing, forcing the reader to swap back and forth among the chapters. Still, being about the only source of information on this fine Smalltalk system, this book deserves a place in the bookshelf of every developer using VisualAge Smalltalk. If it just were better written and organized, it would have earned four stars.
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