In this talk, we will talk about some of the great achievements of Smalltalk, describe the benefits and liabilities of “the image”, and how that is related to virtualization and systems like Docker. The speaker believes that Smalltalk can be a valuable part of the Docker space, but he doesn’t think people are using it that way.
Ralph E. Johnson is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a co-author of the influential computer science textbook Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software, for which he won the 2010 ACM SIGSOFT Outstanding Research Award. Johnson was an early pioneer in the Smalltalk community and is a continued supporter of the language. He has held several executive roles at the ACM Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages and Applications conference OOPSLA. He initiated the popular OOPSLA Design Fest workshop.