I want to document...slightly off topic

Alan Kay Alan.Kay at squeakland.org
Tue Mar 11 14:26:39 PST 2003

Hi John --

Again, this is really a squeak.org question, since squeakland.org is 
*only* about the etoys part of squeak. The short answer is the 
universal tiles were one of several experiments we did to investigate 
making an enduser scripting system of much wider scope than etoys. 
Some of it worked very well, but we judged the gestalt to be below 




At 5:13 PM -0500 3/11/03, John Voiklis wrote:
>Hello Everyone,
>This series of questions, and especially the reference to the
>as  yet unrealized intermediate visual programming/scripting environment,
>reminds me of a question that went unanswered a few weeks ago.
>What are the universal tiles? Do they have anything to do with the
>intermediate interface that was mentioned? I have played ever so
>slightly with universal tiles; they remind me a bit of the tile scriptor
>that I discovered accidentally when working in the system browser, but
>otherwise I have not seen any substantive difference between regular and
>universal tiles. I am very likely missing something.
>Who uses universal tiles and why; or, to put a different spin on it, who
>should use universal tiles and for what purposes? Finally, since I
>mentioned it, what is the tile scriptor...could I do full-fledged
>Squeak/Smalltalk programming using a tile interface...how (this last
>extended question may be more appropriate to another list)?
>I know that to ask these questions means, to a certain extent, that
>universal tiles are not for me. Then again, I had similar questions about
>Squeak itself three years ago.


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