Visual Smalltalk from Digitalk
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28 Jul 2003 06:48 PDT
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Visual Smalltalk (VSE) was invented by Digitalk. Digitalk was sold to ParcPlace, which had a different Smalltalk, VisualWorks. ParcPlace renamed itself to ObjectShare and also stopped development on VSE. Then ParcPlace was sold to Cincom, which had yet another Smalltalk. Along the way VSE went through a number of version changes, the latest being 3.1.something, I think. I'd like to have a brief history, with dates, of VSE. That is, when did the various versions get released, when were the sales of the companies and the company name changes, when were the product name changes (from Smalltalk V to VSE,etc), when was development discontinued, etc. Thanks!
Re: Visual Smalltalk from Digitalk
Answered By: belindalevez-ga on 03 Aug 2003 13:01 PDT
<I have been able to reconstruct a timeline for the various products and companies from press releases and various articles. 1983 Digitalk Methods first commercial release of Smalltalk http://18.104.22.168/search?q=cache:HgLZ_qtDAIgJ:content.techweb.com/encyclopedia/defineterm%3Fterm%3DVISUALSMALLTALK%26exact%3D1+%22visual+smalltalk%22+release&hl=en&ie=UTF-8 http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?DigitalkMethods 1986, Smalltalk V, developed by Digitalk. Early 1990s Smalltalk V is renamed Visual Smalltalk the latest version was 3.12, update 3.13 from Cincom. http://www.lesser-software.com/en/content/glossary.htm May 22 1995 announcement that ParcPlace Systems and Digitalk would merge. New company to be named ParcPlace-Digitalk. http://22.214.171.124/search?q=cache:idlT8p6d5e4J:www.svifsi.ch/revue/pages/issues/n961/in961.pdf+%22parc+place+systems%22+digitalk+merge&hl=en&ie=UTF-8 August 1995 - ParcPlace-Digitalk - New corporate strategy announced. http://www.dbmsmag.com/news9511.html 1996 - ParcPlace-Digitalk press releases http://www.parcplace.com/about/press/press96.htm Merger of Parc Place Systems and Digitalk. One and a half years later the failure of Jigsaw -intended to bring VSE (client) and VisualWorks (server) together. http://wiki.cs.uiuc.edu/VisualWorks/Eliot+Miranda February 1997 announcement that the company was moving away from Smalltalk towards Java. Work on VSE stopped (new version released in 2000). http://wiki.cs.uiuc.edu/VisualWorks/ObjectShare http://www.parcplace.com/whatsnew/letter_r.htm 1997 VSE dead product since late1997 http://www.whysmalltalk.com/articles/todorov/stdotnet.htm August 7, 1997 ParcPlace Digitalk company name is changed to ObjectShare Inc. http://126.96.36.199/search?q=cache:8nRskI-GsFcJ:www.parcplace.com/about/press/pr808.pdf+objectshare+press&hl=en&ie=UTF-8 March 1998 VisualWorks 3.0 released http://www.cincomsmalltalk.com:8080/CincomSmalltalkWiki/What+Changed+from+VW+2.5.x+to+VW5i May 5, 1998 Visual works, non-commercial released. http://compilers.iecc.com/comparch/article/98-05-134 January 11, 1999 ObjectShare announces VisualWorks 3.0 http://www.redhat.com/about/presscenter/1999/press_jan1299.html March 1999 Release of 5i.3 http://pub1.ezboard.com/fsmalltalkinteractivevisualworks.showPrevMessage?topicID=4.topic http://188.8.131.52/search?q=cache:AAxw3cQlzbUJ:www.cincomsmalltalk.com:8080/CincomSmalltalkWiki/DOWNLOAD/DOCS/vwrn53.pdf+%22visualworks+5i%22&hl=en&ie=UTF-8 May 19, 1999 release of beta version of VisualWorks ST Plug-in http://pub1.ezboard.com/fsmalltalkinteractivevisualworks.showPrevMessage?topicID=4.topic Visual works 5i.4 White paper http://www.cincomsmalltalk.com:8080/CincomSmalltalkWiki/VisualWorks+5i.4+White+Paper August 31 1999 Cincom Systems Inc. acquires the visual works product line from ObjectShare Inc. http://web.archive.org/web/20000119041948/http://www.cincom.com/press/PR_ATG_ObjectShare_31Aug99.shtml http://www.objectshare.co.uk/ccpressrelease.htm http://www.smalltalkchronicles.net/News1-2/news1-2.html September 2000 VSE2000 (a new version of Smalltalk/V) http://www.lesser-software.com/en/content/glossary.htm http://www.cincomsmalltalk.com/VSE2000-Details.htm June 1, 2001 Visual works 5i.2 is the last visual works release containing Envy/developer. http://www.oti.com/Welcome/oti060101.html Visualworks 6 left out. http://www.lesser-software.com/en/content/glossary.htm August 3, 2002 release of Cincom Smalltalk Summer 2002 Edition (Visualworks 7.0 and ObjectStudio 6.7 environments). http://www.cincom.com/scripts/smalltalk.dll/prodinformation/index.ssp?content=currentrelease http://www.cincom.com/scripts/smalltalk.dll/prodinformation/index.ssp Cincom smalltalk March 2003 release of Visualworks 7.1 http://www.cincom.com/scripts/smalltalk.dll/community/digest/2003/april/index.ssp?content=marchfeatures Late fall 2003 planned release of Visualworks 7.2 (VW 7.2) http://www.cincomsmalltalk.com:8080/CincomSmalltalkWiki/Cincom+Smalltalk+Fall+2003+Information <Additional links:> <Smalltalk background> <http://ite.gmu.edu/~enorris/363/smalltalk/sm.mirpour.html> <Smalltalk overview> <http://www.everything2.com/index.pl?node=smalltalk> <Search strategy:> <digitalk press> <://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&q=digitalk+press> <objectshare press> <://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&q=objectshare+press> <failure of jigsaw digitalk> <://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&q=failure+of+jigsaw+digitalk> <"visualworks 7.1" release> <://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&q=%22visualworks+7%2E1%22+release> <digitalk announced smalltalk parcplace> <://www.google.com/search?q=digitalk+announced+smalltalk+-parcplace&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&as_qdr=all&start=10&sa=N> <Hope this helps.>
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This was good information. There was a confusion in the answers between VisualWorks(VW) and VisualSmalltalk (VSE). These are 2 different products. I'd still like to know when support was droped on version 3 of VSE, if possible. Thanks very much!
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