Free Smalltalk Programs
The most suitable free smalltalk versions to use prior
to starting the Open University M206 an Object-oriented approach
are LearningWorks and VisualWorks
Other useful programs for Students have been
moved to another page:
The Open university uses the following program for its M206
M206 LearningWorks which is a special version of
LearningWorks, which is a cut down version of VisualWorks.
At the moment it appears that LearningWorks is no longer available from the
Neometron site. I would be grateful if any body finds a download site would
let me know. Please use the Feedback
A Non-Commercial comes with on-line documentation
including an interactive cookbook. The on-line documentation
is in Acrobat .pdf (an Acrobat reader
is required) files in the standard directories. The interactive
cookbook requires loading of the Help parcel (Launcher->Tools->Load
parcel named... and type Help) and is opened with Launcher->Help->Open
Finally, there are a number of good books on Smalltalk in general
and VisualWorks in particular. There is a freely available advanced course
which follows on from Smalltalk: An introduction to application development
using VisualWorks. You can find it at the ObjectShare web site.
VisualWorks Non-Commercial is a freely-available version of
The Non-Commercial Versions is the same as the most recent official
release, except that it features a special non-commercial license and splash
screen. VisualWorks VisualWorks 5i.2
(Available for Windows, Unix or Linux, and PowerMac)
Quote: Smalltalk Express is simply the fastest way
for you to learn object-oriented programming. Smalltalk Express includes
Smalltalk/V Win16 and WindowBuilder Pro/V. We are offering it free over the
Internet. Smalltalk/V Win16 is known for good performance in a relatively small
memory footprint. It has a simple but powerful class library and runs nicely in
Windows 3.1 and Windows 95. We think it is the ideal vehicle for learning
Smalltalk and object-oriented programming
You'll download a 2.9 MB exe (self extracting) file.
You simply execute it. It will extract the files and launch the installation
program. It will give you the choice of where to install Smalltalk Express. The
documentation is two separate download's (details above).
Smalltalk Express provides an excellent "Encyclopedia of
Classes" that I found to be very useful doing the M206 course. The
file is VWINCLS.HLP
Dolphin Smalltalk is a 32-bit Smalltalk implementation
for Windows 95 and NT available for free from Object
Download, Tutorials, Beginners Guide to Dolphin Smalltalk, etc.
Little Smalltalk is a sort of fun experiment in building a
minimal smalltalk system.
I have not used this version.
Download LittleSmalltalk, a.k.a. GNU Smalltalk,
is a complete implementation of Smalltalk, including the virtual
machine, available from any GNU site, e.g. Search for Smalltalk
in the directory listing.
Squeak appears to have quite a few Open University
converts to it.