[Squeakland] Squeak and concept maps.

Offray Vladimir Luna Cárdenas offray.luna at javeriana.edu.co
Mon Aug 6 07:29:06 PDT 2007

Hi Andrés,

I was thinking about mind maps and Squeak for quite a while and I think 
that is a good combination. At this moment I'm using two programs for 
"mind flow" stuff:

 * The first one is Free Mind, a mind mapping tool in java. The most 
impressive thing is that you can sketch so quickly your ideas as in 
paper and then, on a second look, work on details. (graphical layout and 
color of branches, links, images, etc)

 * The second is Leo, for Literate Editor with Outlines. Is some kind of 
"deconstructing cognitive tool". You can import files and made chunks of 
it in any order you want and create an outline which gives you, at the 
same time, the view of the all and the part. And that outline just fits 
your way of organizing and thinking because you create it as you work.

I think that Squeak is a great tool because we think in multimedia 
technicolor :), not just images, or relations, but sound, animation, 
etc. and the metamedium abilities of Squeak are nice for that. I don't 
know if I would made the thing from the scratch, may be it's easier, but 
I think that would be more interesting if software like Leo could bring 
structuring capabilities (outlines, clones, hierarchies) to the 
multimedia capabilities of Squeak and each program/environment present 
itself as a service to the other. After all, its all about messages.

Just random thinking :). Cheers,


Andrés escribió:
> Hi friends squeakers and smalltalkers!:
>     I am not assiduous participant, but I would like to sound out your
> opinions and ideas on a subject that I investigate.
>     I compile information, on the one hand about conceptual/mental
> maps and it use, and on the other hand on Squeak/Smalltalk.
>     At the moment I have not gone beyond this compilation, when
> yesterday, I felt sparks in my mind, something that in "rare"
> occasion happens to me… |-)
>     The question would be: have you had experience, or at least
> references, of development or use of conceptual/mental
> maps with environments or tools of Squeak/Smalltalk?.
>     Those sparks said me that theoretical foundations of both
> subjects are interlace, being able to combine (it is my impression),
> reinforcing itself, to offer investigation solutions to us, study and
> knowledge, that it "craving" to me, quite powerful.
>    Any indication that you have the kindness to contribute will be
> received with happines.
>    Wishing all of you have had very nice Sunday thanks for your
> attention.
> --                  
>                                                        Andrés.
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