Once again, now in Squeak 2.8, released in August, 2000 (2.0 was released in May, 1998). Now I know where the assortment of window border colours came from! This seems to be the last version to use the eponymous MVC-based user interface. I love left-hand scrollbars. Morphic is available as a preview. No unit testing classes.
Going back to Squeak 2.8… by default it displays in 8-bit colour, and results in every colour being translucent. You can make things out if you place it over a dark background. It also does this in 16-bit. It’s fine in 32-bit, except for text selections, the background of which become completely transparent.
I’ve continued to explore Squeak these past two days and I’m coming to the conclusion that due to a combination of some not particularly platform independent features of early images, and the time it took the Unix VM to reach feature parity with the Mac releases, I’m going to have a hard time exploring very early versions of Squeak.
I’m not particularly interested in commercial implementations and I have more than enough to explore: Smalltalk’s implementation of the original model-view-controller pattern, Squeak’s self-hosted virtual machine simulator and early versions of Morphic, and Cuis’s modern yet minimal class library.
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