Cypress SwampJust released FileTree 1.0.5 with support for Traits and a couple of other bugfixes.

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Rocco plays light celloJust released Metacello Preview 1.0.0-beta.32.8 with a handful of bug fixes.

The primary bugfix addresses a Metacello locking issue brought up by Guido Chari.

For more info on Metacello locking:

Metacello new
  configuration: 'MyProject';
  version: #'bleedingEdge';
  lock.

See the Metacello Preview docs up on GitHub.

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Video of my talk on tODE at STIC 2013:

Link to my slides.

Cypress TreesJust released FileTree 1.0.4 with a bundle of bugfixes.

To install, follow these instructions.

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CalculusAs of this morning, builderCI supports Pharo-3.0 and GemStone 3.1.0.3.

The total number of versions that can be automatically tested using Travis-CI and GitHub is now 16 (6 Pharo versions, 3 Squeak versions and 7 GemStone versions).

For information on using builderCI, see the project README.

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Mississippi MorningJust released FileTree 1.0.2 with a hand full of bugfixes and Pharo3.0 support.

To install, follow these instructions.

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I guess I was so busy preparing for my STIC talk I forgot to announce the availability of a podcast on GemTalk Systems that I did with James Robertson and David Buck. I have to say that James and David run a pretty smooth interview. It was fun and (I hope) informative.

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Today GemTalk Systems announced the acquisition of the GemStone/S platform from VMware. Before anyone gets their knickers in a knot, this is a good thing:

GemTalk Systems plans to expand its 64-bit Smalltalk platform capability by designing and releasing new and innovative extensions to the core GemStone/S technology.

The entire Smalltalk team is moving intact from VMware to GemTalk Systems and I want to emphasize that both GemTalk Systems and VMware are being very generous and fair during the transition.

We are re-locating to another suite in the same office complex, up the stairs from our old location.

We are keeping all of the GemStone/S intellectual property including MagLev and all of the GemStone/S customers.

We are not keeping our old name (GemStone Systems) and we are not keeping the gemstone.com domain. I guess one can’t expect everything. I have also been assured that the URLs for GemSource and SS3 will continue to function for at least a year (if not longer).

From a technical perspective GemStone/S has thrived at VMware, the engineering team has been pretty much left alone and we were given all of the necessary resources to “get the job done”. From a technical and personal perspective, I have been very happy with my tenure at VMware.

On the business side, I would say that GemStone/S foundered a bit. The GemStone/S product never got fully integrated into the VMware universe (unlike GemFire), but then the GemStone/S product was not the  primary focus of the original VMware acquisition.

Now, with the GemFire team becoming part of Pivotal, you can imagine that the Smalltalk team is very happy to find a home with GemTalk Systems . 

GemTalk Systems is a privately held company led by Dan Ware.  Prior to the VMware acquisition in 2010, Dan had been an executive with GemStone Systems  for 17 years. For most of those years Dan was in charge of the Sales organization, so Dan knows the GemStone/S customer base, very well.

Dan and the investors love GemStone/S and want to see it continue to thrive.

This quote bears repeating:

GemTalk Systems plans to expand its 64-bit Smalltalk platform capability by designing and releasing new and innovative extensions to the core GemStone/S technology.

and from our transition FAQ:

Our core technology will be Smalltalk-based products, but they can provide infrastructure in other environments. We will continue to support GemBuilder for Java, and we will be revisiting MagLev for Ruby and GLASS for Seaside. New initiatives into other development areas are possible.

Frankly, I don’t think that I could have imagined a better home for GemStone/S.

Live, From New York, it's Saturday Night!On Thursday of this week (October 18, 2012), John McIntosh is giving a presentation about WorldPulse at the New York City iOS Developer Meetup.

WorldPulse is application for the iPhone and iPad, that shows live accurate cloud cover data, the day/night terminus, night lights, and in 2.0 weather data from all the weather stations in the world.

In John’s presentation:

…he will talk about the steps needed to cache, secure, and protect weather data as fetched from a data supplier for delivery to WorldPulse users.

The presentation will highlight the use of Amazon EC2 as a backend, Gemstone for the object oriented database

The meetup is hosted by Spreecast and the presentation will be live streamed as well as archived on the Spreecast site.

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GemStone/S 3.1.0.1

GemStone/S 64 3.1.0.1 was released August 28, 2012. This release fixes a number of bugs and we recommend all 3.x customers use this release. Be sure to review the release notes and install guides for this release.

GLASS 1.0-beta.8.7.3

GemStone 3.1.0.1 ships with GLASS 1.0-beta.8.7.2 pre-installed in $GEMSTONE/bin/extent0.seaside.dbf, but there are a few minor issues that show up as test failures. GLASS 1.0-beta.8.7.3 has been released to address those issues.

You should update to GLASS 1.0-.8.7.3 when you start using GemStone 3.1.0.1.

GemTools 1.0-beta.8.7

A One-Click GemTools 1.0-beta.8.7 for GemStone 3.1.0.1 can be obtained from the seaside.gemstone.com downloads page or you can download GemTools 1.0-beta.8.7 for Gemstone/S 3.1.0.1 all platforms directly.

You can build a custom GemTools image by following these steps on the glass db wiki.

Seaside3.0.7.1

Seaside 3.0.7.1 should be used with GemStone/S 3.1.x. There are a few critical bug fixes included in that version.

Download and Installation

You can download the binaries from ftp://ftp.gemstone.com/pub/GemStone64/3.1.0.1, use the installGemStone.sh script to download and install GemStone/S on your machine (highly recommended), or visit seaside.gemstone.com downloads page.

To use the installGemStone.sh script, your supply the GemStone version number as an argument to the script. The following downloads and installs the GemStone/S 3.1.0.1 release:

  ./installGemstone.sh 3.1.0.1

Upgrading

If you are upgrading from GemStone/S 2.x, then be sure to read my post on GemStone/S 3.1.0 first.

If you are upgrading from GemStone/S 2.x or GemStone/S 3.1.0, you still need to run through the upgrade process described in the Install Guide for (Linux or Max).

Helper Scripts for Upgrade of Seaside 3.0.7.1

Let’s say that you’ve got Seaside 3.0.7.1 installed in your GemStone/S 3.1.0 repository. According to the upgrade instructions you will need to define the BootstrapApplicationLoadSpecs for your application. For Seaside 3.0.7.1, that means you’ll run the following topaz script BEFORE running the upgradeSeasideImage.sh script:

The important bits are that you are specifying GLASS 1.0-beta.8.7.3 and specifying the <path to seaside cache repository>. The seaside cache repository is a directory on your machine where you’ve stashed all of the mcz files needed to reload Seaside 3.0.7.1 into your upgraded repository. You can use the following script to create the seaside cache repository:

Finally, as noted in Issue 354, you need to reload the ConfigurationOfGLASS and ConfgurationOfSeaside30:

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