My name is Matthijs, I live in Amsterdam and I'm 29 years old. After having studied law I choose to be a computer programmer (like it a lot better). I currently work for a firm that specializes in what they call 'content management'. It's basically the structuring and storing of textual components.
To do this content management, a system called 'DOX' was built. Dox is a system that allows very generic treatment of textcomponents. It is used in documentation projects and allows publication in different formats.
I was part of the DOX team for a short time before the development was terminated. Dox was built in Visual Works 3.01. During my time with the Dox team I fell in love with Smalltalk. It is so easy to learn and to program in. It stays very readable.
The absence of types is sometimes irritating, as you constantly must look into the methods you want to use to see what kind of object they will send or need.
Anyway, I'm very pleased that through Squeak Smalltalk has a definite future: No single party will control it's destiny. This proved to be very good for Linux and it will do the same for Squeak.
I have been fooling around with Squeak since version 1.2. It is amazing that it is getting better so very fast.
All these Smalltalk wizards on the Squeak list do get me down sometimes though (Sometimes I really don't know what they are talking about). Oh well.
P.S. Thanks to all the people who contributed to PWS: it is a fantastically easy way to share information.