Scratch, Squeak and Smalltalk at London User Group, Monday, 19th May, 2014

Announcement from ROUGOL, 14th May, 2014.

The next meeting of the RISC OS User Group Of London will be:

Scratch, Squeak and Smalltalk

Presented by Tim Rowledge and Bernard Boase

Monday, 19th May, 2014, 7:45pm
The Blue-Eyed Maid (upstairs in the Spice Lounge restaurant)
173 Borough High Street

This month we will be looking at the Scratch beginners programming language and the Squeak/Smalltalk environment on which it is based.

Bernard Boase will be our guide for the evening. He has been using Scratch at Code Clubs to get children interested in programming, and will give us (slightly older!) children a demo of its capabilities.

We are very pleased that long time Squeak developer Tim Rowledge will be joining us via video call from his home in Canada.

Tim has been an advocate of ARM based systems since the 80s and did the original port of Smalltalk to Arthur in 1987 and then RISC OS while it was in beta testing. Since then it has been all Smalltalk (of various forms) on ARM (of various forms) up to the present Squeak on Raspberry Pi.

Recently Tim has been working on optimising Squeak for the Raspberry Pi, on Linux and RISC OS, and is happy to answer questions about its history and recent developments.

Future meetings

We have more exciting meetings already planned:

  • 16th June – Archimedes Software Preservation Project, Jon Abbott
  • 21st July – Riscy Robots, Neil Fazakerley

Keep an eye on the website for more updates.

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The usual arrangements

Admittance is free and everyone is welcome. A range of hot and cold food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, will be on sale.

The venue is between London Bridge and Borough tube stations, so readily accessible by public transport (both stations are a five
minute walk away, through well lit and CCTV’d main streets). It also has ample cycle parking (covered by CCTV) very close by.

If you are arriving by car, the Congestion Charge ends at 6pm and our meeting starts much later. However, please note that parking
on double red lines is restricted at all times. On single red or yellow lines it is best to park after 7pm. If you are not familiar with *central* London parking or driving, please allow extra time, patience, and maps.

If you need any help reaching the venue, or any other information, please contact us by email, via Twitter or by telephone on 07970 211 629.

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