- Pharo: A next-generation Squeak.
- Newspeak: A completely new language that has been inspired by Smalltalk, but contains many new ideas.
Is Smalltalk coming back?
Think programming language (not parties). It's amazing how long Smalltalk has been around now (1980: first public version) and it still feels modern, especially its syntax. Sadly, it never got the popularity it deserved. By now, there is even a free version called Squeak, but its UI is beyond unorthodox: I am very patient when it comes to GUIs---I've always thought Java Swing was OK (a few years ago this said a lot about my patience). But if I, a programmer, already find the GUI cumbersome, how can I expect the broad public to work with it? The GUI was so off-putting that I didn't even bother checking if Squeak had improved on Smalltalk's poor modularity mechanisms. But apparently, I wasn't alone in finding Squeak “improvement-worthy”: