29/09/2008

Glare UI, combining Flex and Smalltalk

Glare is a new, experimental, Flex remoting interface for Smalltalk - currently Visualworks. James Robertson made a brief video of the system at ESUG 2008, and you can see it here

I think this looks really interesting. Combining a Smalltalk back-end with the near universal availability of the Flash player, could provide some very exciting capabilities.

7 comments:

Marc said...

I really like to see more smalltalk/flex together. But.. Is there anybody who knows were I can find this code. I can't find it in the repository as described on the glare site (http://glare.crimson.ch/wiki/Installation)

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Andy Burnett said...

Strange you should ask. I went back to visit the site yesterday, and it appears to have made no progress. I didn't try to download anything because of the lack of progress. Oh well, this does seem to be a common event in the Smalltalk world (great idea, but doesn't move beyond the prototype stage).

buge said...

The source is actually in the SCG-Store repository as described here: http://www.ox9.org/projects/glare/wiki/Installation#GlareCore (the URL moved, but the installation is still the same).

Just to clarify: GlareCore is the Flex remoting/messaging infrastructure that also implements the AMF protocol.

GlareUI is a prototype of a system that builds on top of GlareCore to create user-interfaces in VisualWorks that are then synchronized with a client. GlareUI has a small client application which is the source in the mercurial repository.

But its true, my research interests have shifted so I am not actively developing Glare at the moment. There might be someone who is interested in developing it further however.

I will keep you posted.

Anonymous said...

Glare has been given a second life, just watch its progress on http://glare.googlecode.com

Andy Burnett said...

Fantastic. This is very exciting. Flash seems to be a great match for Smalltalk. I will definitely follow this code.

Marc said...

This is really good news! The combination smalltalk for the back-end logic and flex in the front-end is gold.