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Making Smalltalk

The Origins and Impact of the Groundbreaking Software Environment

Before the Apple Macintosh, Microsoft Windows, Python, Java, and Objective-C, there was Smalltalk. 

50 years ago this September, Smalltalk, which ultimately revolutionized personal computing, graphical user interfaces, and programming languages, was first created at Xerox PARC in Alan Kay’s Learning Research Group as a way to help children learn by using computers. 

Join us for a night with Smalltalk pioneers and 2022 CHM Fellows Adele Goldberg and Daniel Ingalls to celebrate Smalltalk’s 50th anniversary. In an interactive discussion with moderator John Markoff, Goldberg and Ingalls will explore Smalltalk’s original mission in education and its influence on the world of object-oriented programming languages, development environments, and software engineering methodologies. Adding to the conversation will be newly-recorded remarks for this historic occasion from Smalltalk creator Alan Kay. 

What You’ll Learn 

  • How can computing transform learning? 
  • How did research into computing for education lead to graphical user interfaces? 
  • What is live programming, why is it so useful, and why hasn’t it taken off in the industry?
  • Why have Smalltalk and object-oriented programming become so influential on other programming languages?
  • How did Smalltalk influence the development of Agile software development methodology?
  • How did Smalltalk become used in the finance industry? 

Why You Should Join Us 

Discover how research at Xerox PARC into computing for children of all ages led to personal computers, graphical user interfaces, and many of today’s most popular programming languages, such as Python, Ruby, and JavaScript.. 

Come and meet some of the people who have revolutionized how we interact with computers.


5:30 p.m. PT Member Check-In & Reception
6:30 p.m. PT Program Check-In
7 p.m. PT Program

For Museum Members 

Museum members are invited to attend a special reunion prior to the public event, reuniting Smalltalk pioneers Adele Goldberg, Dan Ingalls, Dave Robson, and other alumni of Alan Kay’s famous Learning Research Group at PARC, along with some of Goldberg’s students from her educational experiments with Smalltalk, who later went on to careers in the technology industry. 

Attending in Person  

We’re excited to welcome you back! To keep everyone safe, CHM requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours for all visitors, with the exception of children five and under. Masks are recommended but not required. Please review our  visitor guidelines prior to visiting the Museum.

Sep 01, 2022
7:00 pm

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Add to Calendar 09/01/2022 7:00 pm America/Los_Angeles Making Smalltalk The Origins and Impact of the Groundbreaking Software Environment CHM 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd Mountain View, CA, 94043 United States

1401 N. Shoreline Blvd
Mountain View, CA, 94043


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