[smalltalk-central] Smalltalk in Industry - new script
david at simberon.com
Mon Sep 25 02:37:06 BST 2006
Here's my new script for the Smalltalk in Industry video. I'm starting
to record the new audio tonight. Comments are welcome.
Software development is hard. Your software development tools should
make it easier to develop applications, not harder. More and more
projects are discovering that Smalltalk is the best answer to the
growing menace of software complexity. The language itself is extremely
simple but amazingly powerful. Its runtime performance usually rivals or
exceeds Java or C++. Moreover, the strength of its development
environment rises above anything else available in the industry. In
this video, I'd like to show how Smalltalk is being used by many
companies to simplify and solve their business problems.
<>Smalltalk has already proven to be successful in many different
industry sectors including telecommunications, financial services,
manufacturing, insurance, health care, logistics and Internet
applications. This video can only show a small handful of the many
Smalltalk applications in production today.
In the Financial Services sector, Deep Cove Labs developed Raven. Raven
automates bulk cheque clearing and electronic fund transfers. Using
Raven, banks and other financial institutions can alleviate a huge
amount of manual processing that would otherwise be required to process
many financial transactions. Raven is built in VisualWorks Smalltalk and
uses both a client application as well as a web interface based on Seaside.
<>Deep Cove Labs also developed Cate exclusively for Accu-Rate
Corporation. Cate manages the process of foreign exchange sales by
downloading the current exchange rates, applying buy and sell
spreads, calculating the converted amounts for the tellers and
Another financial application has been developed by Northwater Capital.
Northwater offers low-cost market exposure (beta) through a variety of
synthetic investment products and delivers high-quality, diversified
alpha through its market-neutral fund of hedge funds. NewBlox II, a VA
Smalltalk and GemStone/S based application, is used to manage the hedge
fund analysis, portfolio management and trade workflow.
Also in the financial services sector, SCG Associates developed
TradePerformance. TradePerformance is a trade accounting, performance
analysis and risk management tool for securities traders written in
Dolphin Smalltalk. It first shipped in January 2002 and is currently
used by independent traders, investment advisors and small hedge funds.
Forest Investment Management has developed a comprehensive
Portfolio/Risk Analysis system for managing its funds using VisualWorks.
Its functionality surpasses most other systems in this market.
One company using Smalltalk in the manufacturing sector is Oerlikon,
formerly Unaxis. Oerlikon uses VisualWorks Smalltalk to control the
equipment used to manufacture silicon wafers for many semiconductor
manufacturers. In fact, virtually all silicon manufacturing is
controlled in whole or in part by systems running Smalltalk.
Smalltalk is also used in mineral processing. KnowledgeScape developed
an Expert System shell using VisualWorks Smalltalk. The application,
which is also called KnowledgeScape, is used for supervisory control
systems in mineral processing plants around the world.
KnowledgeScape also developed an image analysis system called
PlantVision. Written in Smalltalk MT, PlantVision is used for coarse
particle size analysis on feed conveyors and for measuring froth
velocity and bubble size on flotation machines in mineral processing plants.
In the Internet Applications sector, we have BottomFeeder by James
Robertson. Bottom Feeder is a popular freeware multi-platform news
aggregator client written in VisualWorks Smalltalk. BottomFeeder can run
on many different platforms and includes an updating mechanism to fetch
and load updates to the software.
Also in the Internet Applications sector, we have Arsol. Arsol used
Squeak to develop Promoter. Promoter allows users to automate the task
of promoting their company's web site or to assist professional
webmasters in the positioning of multiple web sites of different customers.
Another Arsol product is A1. A1 is a business content management system
specially developed to handle businesses such as real estate, car
agencies, tourism agencies, agricultural machinery, etc. The current
version allows you to create an online catalog that may be managed
directly by the owner of the site from his own office.
Finally, Arsol developed ClavecPC which allows you to Store your
passwords and personal data in encrypted form to avoid unauthorized
access. With the raipd growth of online services, people need to
remember dozens of passwords and user data. With ClavecPC you can store
all this important data in encrypted files protected by only one password.
Soops has developed Smalltalk applications for many different sectors.
In the logistics sector, they developed software for BigLift. BigLift is
a company that ships large and heavy cargo anywhere in the world. The
Soops application matches shipping, ports and routes events for any
This is just a handful of the commercial Smalltalk applications in
operation today. Smalltalk is being used in mission critical
applications in a wide variety of domains. In fact, most companies using
Smalltalk see it as a strategic advantage over their competitors.
This video is the first in a series that will explore Smalltalk and
introduce you to the power, the simplicity and the openness of a truly
revolutionary programming environment.
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