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  • Smalltalk was once the #1 OO language. Of course, that was when it was the only "general purpose" OO language, before C++ was released.

    I have actually been paid to program in SmallTalk twice, and to build an interface from one Scheme to another with C. I went from C to SmallTalk to Objective-C to C++ to Perl (and Java), so perhaps I can provide some perspective. I have coded just about every "write only language" -- most of them for pay.

    Apart from Simula and the like, Smalltalk is the purest OO language
    # I had a sig when sigs were cool
    use Sig;
    • Historically, the lack of integration with legacy databases meant Smalltalk was restricted to new projects only.

      Visualworks 1.0 had connectors for Oracle and Sybase; later VWs had additional connectors, including one for ODBC. (Pre-merger) Digitalk Smalltalk also had database connectivity. Many of our (ParcPlace's) customers connected to legacy databases. What we didn't have was a story for connecting to "Big Iron" mainframe databases. (But then neither did Java for quite a while.)