[Squeakland] New member questions

Dave Raftery dgraftery at verizon.net
Mon Feb 23 17:51:03 PST 2004


I have just joined this list.  I have 2 children, a 9 year old daughter
and 13 year old son, who I want to introduce to Squeak.  I have played
around a little with the E-Toy environment, but always seemed to run
into dead ends.  I just purchased BJ and Kim's book Powerful Ideas in
the Classroom.  This book is wonderful and has helped me a lot on how to
do projects with E-Toys.  I just discovered this list today, with great
joy. I am starting to go thru the archives of this list to see what I
can learn there.

With the plugin, it took me awhile to figure out that I had to hold down
the mouse button over the Publish and Find buttons to get the expanded
menu so I could save projects on my hard drive.

A couple of questions:

What is the difference between the Squeak Plugin and the full Squeak
Image? I have downloaded both, and actually have more experience working
in the full Squeak image.  I can see that the Plugin only has 2 flaps
and does not have the world menu when you click in the world. Is there a
way to access the World menu from the Plugin?  How can I tell what the
version of the plugin is?

It seems like the Plugin version does not save the image between
sesions, like the Full image does.  The Plugin appears only to let you
save projects; is this true?  Would you recommend using the Plugin or
Full version at home?

When using the paint tool, is there a way to draw straight lines?  In
some programs if you hold down the shift key, a freeform line will be
made straight.

Is there a Squeakland Swiki, where we can post information, and
tutorials as we learn?  I would like to write some tutorials as I learn
more about squeak; I have a 'beginner's mind' right now. Or should we
use the main Squeak swiki?

Thanks for this service (and for Squeak).  You will probably be getting
a lot of questions from me; I'll be glad to help others as I learn more
too, both Squeak and my experiences teaching my kids.

Dave Raftery

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