PharoNOS - Pharo No Operating System

Mike Filonov16 October 2014

Do you remember Squeak NOS Project which aim was to run Squeak on a bare hardware? I liked the idea very much as Smalltalk always tends to provide self-sufficient system. However, I was not able to play much with it as it has very small hardware support. I was hardly able to use my mouse. Lately I had a thought: why not to use a linux kernel for driver support and use Pharo for everything else? Please welcome PharoNOS: a bootable Pharo which can be run on a "bare hardware" or as a Virtual Machine.

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How to update a Seaside component without a page refresh

Mike Filonov3 October 2014

Smalltalk Seaside has Ajax support, which can help you create web applications with great user experience. However, there is a lack of documentation so sometimes it is hard to have things done. In this article, I will show you how to implement a page with a progress bar which shows and constantly updates a state of server process. The component will pool the server via ajax calls and update it's state withouth a page refresh in the browser.

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Seaside sessions are not what they seem!

Mike Filonov20 July 2014

If you worked with Smalltalk Seaside framework, you know that there is an object called "Session" which you can use to store a global state for your application. For instance, you may have a current user object stored and shared between components in session. If you use it, you must know that name "session" is very misleading and dangerous as "session" in other platforms means completely different thing than it means in Seaside. Understanding the difference is essential for security and usability of your application. In this article, I would like to show the difference between "usual session" and "seaside session" and why cookie-tracking policy should not be used for "securing" the urls.

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