[Updated with fourth video.]

Last year I presented GLASS (GemStone, Linux, Apache, Seaside, and Smalltalk) at Smalltalks 2008 in Buenos Aires. GLASS is a no-cost version of the industrial-strength GemStone Smalltalk database that is available—even for commercial use—for up to 4 GB of data.

At that conference the team from Smallworks talked to me about an upcoming project that they planned to do in Smalltalk using PosgreSQL for persistence. They expressed interest in using GLASS, but had some concerns. We discussed things and I encouraged them to investigate GemStone.

At this year’s Smalltalks 2009 conference I presented “Introduction to GemStone” and was delighted to see that Smallworks was scheduled to present just after my session. I was able to tape the session and I’ve posted three four videos from that presentation.

The exciting thing for us at GemStone is that this represents exactly what we were hoping would happen with GLASS. A team with big ideas but a small budget (who would not have considered GemStone in the past) decided to start a new project and base it on GemStone. Especially rewarding is how experienced Smalltalkers could take code developed in Squeak/Pharo and transfer it to GemStone (using Monticello) and deploy a reasonably sophisticated commercial system in just a few months—all with no GemStone background.

The best part is that they talked about their experience at an industry conference and you can learn about what they did. See all four videos here:

  1. iBizLog Presentation at Smalltalks 2009 (part 1)
  2. iBizLog Presentation at Smalltalks 2009 (part 2)
  3. iBizLog Presentation at Smalltalks 2009 (part 3)
  4. iBizLog Presentation at Smalltalks 2009 (part 4)

Now, they just need to grow out of the free version. I think they would be happy to have that happen! Go to http://www.ibizlog.com and see for yourself.

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