Fast binary format
Last updated at 12:48 pm UTC on 10 March 2009
Alexandre Bergel (firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephane Ducasse (email@example.com)
Monticello is widely recognized as a scalable and robust versioning and packaging system. However, a crucial feature is still missing. Source code is still the primary support to save and load applications. The idea of this project is to take the existing binary support, enhance it and incorporate it into Monticello.
This require the development of a package format to be able to load fast code without recompiling source code and supporting atomic loading of code as in professional Smalltalk environments.
Knowledge about the VM bytecode is definitely a plus. A proper representation of the Monticello meta-model will have to be defined in the binary format
Benefits to the Student
The student will learn a crucial part of Squeak and will be able to gather precious knowledge about Monticello.
Benefits to the Community
Ideally, every user of Monticello (more than 1900 are listed on www.squeaksource.com) will find a benefit in this project.