PUM – Updates everywhere

Even though I have not posted anything since October – we were working hard to rollout out our CATI-application to a customer – we did this just before Christmas to stay in the project timetable.

We switched to Gemstone/S 3.4.0 as our base development/deployment system. Several changes have been done since then:

  • The Python code generator had to be rewritten to be similar to the C#, ExtJS and Java generators – so the programming model ist now very similar on each platform. We decided NOT to follow the general Python principle – but to make function names equal on all supported languages
  • The first Java application has been integrated into our Gemstone/S system and is now using the PUM API/Model. We went through two iterations until our developers accepted the generated code.
  • On the modelling tool side – we were switching to VA Smalltalk 9.0.

Now we have four languages in our project and this seems to be getting a normal approach for all developers in this project. This is a good indication.


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More Gemstone/S Talks at next ESUG ?

I have a wish, that there might be a Gemstone/S day at ESUG next year – with more content/presentations/Talks around that product. Perhaps user cases, how development is done and what has been achieved over the years ?

I know that there are many, many interesting projects out there and I would like to hear and see those projects – presented in talks.

And there are more topics around this technology I would like to here about. Some of the topics I would consider:

  • Jade – how does the interaction with Gemstone/S works
  • Jade – extending the Dolphin UI with special own needs
  • tODE – current state and presentation
  • Using indexes under Gemstone/S – problems, pitfalls and all that stuff
  • Special concurrency support: RC-Classes, Counters
  • Events from GEMs to GEMs, why, where and how
  • Administration Task – Starting, Stopping, Backup, Restore, Updating
  • Short introduction into the C programming of Gemstone/S
  • How does it work Java and Smalltalk against one stone
  • Development model under Gemstone

That are the topics I would like to hear about …

Further ideas ?????




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PUM and Documentation – C# and Sandcastle

When creating models with PUM there were places where the user could type-in text for documentatation purposes.

Actually this was only meant to be ASCII text, but today we moved away from that and now we are moving towards the XML based documentation process introduced by Microsoft: Sandcastle and/or NDoc.

The documentation is still exported for the other languages also, but now the documentation everywhere includes the XML-tags introduced by Sandcastle and NDoc.

Starting with that we create the documentation for our public APIs by using Print&Manual and their Sandcastle version – leading to a HMTL based documentation for the core code.

A newly created source code from PUM should now be copied to the client projects in VS2017, compiles it and Print&Manual calls Sandcastle to produce the content and then publishes the result as HTML-pages – a typical job for Jenkins under Windows.

This also means, that the documentation is based on the C# client source code – but for developers it should be easy to find the equally named function in Python or Javascript.

Now, with this target in mind, I had to write more documentations in PUM with much more information.



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PUM and Gemstone/S – Missing Pieces – Persistent Shared Counter

I added support for persistent shared counter objects available in the Gemstone/S system. Due to the limited number of such objects in the database (around 1500) the usage is normally done only in singletons or cases like this.

For the client developer it looks like a normal (read-only) integer numerical attribute.

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PUM and Sencha ExtJS – Missing Pieces – the calendar model

When working with the JS library ExtJS from Sencha, you may have noticed, that with the Premium version you get support for a calendar widget and model and descriptions how to implement the server side.

I added helper methods to create compatible classes with the Sencha ExtJS calendar model and changed the ExtJS source code generator to generate the correct code for it.

So the user can create supporting classes with one click and had to create CRUD stores for Events and Calendars are usually.

So now the calendars and the events are stored in the Gemstone/S database. Queries can be done with remote filtering or remote gsquery execution.


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PUM – VA Smalltalk 9/64 bit

Well, porting was done within one hour – feels and smells like VA 8.6.3, but now with 64 bit !

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Elections and Gemstone/S again

Last weekend we had general elections in Germany – and most of you may know the results.

Located at the ARD-Hauptstadtstudio for five days we collect all needed results for the main broadcaster ARD and around 15 other tv-studios in various towns in Germany (broadcaster BR, SR, SWR, NDR, RBB, WDR, Deutsche Welle, HR)

Again this was an election with Smalltalk taking part in our presentation of the results – with Gemstone/S as the “backbone” for the Internet presentation systems and the Internet input system. We presented the results for the SWR in Baden-Württemberg and Rheinland-Pfalz on the Internet.

Technically the systems were used as described here and here .


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