Morphic - The Squeak User Interface

by Juan Manuel Vuletich

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Final thoughts

I would like to end with a quote from Squeak Central regarding the objective of the Squeak Project, and another about User Scripting and Fabrik.

"Our number one commitment is to an exquisite personal computing environment. Imagine a system as immediate and tactile as a sketch pad, in which you can effortlessly mingle writing, drawing, painting, and all the structured leverage of computer science. Moreover, imagine that every aspect of that system is described in itself and equally amenable to examination and composition. Perhaps this system also extends out over the Internet, including and leveraging off the work of others. You get the idea: it's the Holy Grail of computer science. All and everything."

"As an explorer of Squeak, you need to know that these environments are only sketches. We are excited about them. We are working actively on them. But they are not complete, they are not foolproof, and they are not well documented (but then what is?). We share them in the same spirit that we share Squeak: we invite you to play with us, to share our discovery, and perhaps to work with us as we move forward."


Note: The text that appears "like this" in this article is part of the official Squeak documentation, published by Squeak Central in the Squeak Documentation Swiki, now at

[1] Various authors: Byte Magazine Special Issue on Smalltalk-80, August 1981.

[2] Adele Goldberg and David Robson: "Smalltalk-80: The Language and Its Implementation", Addison Wesley, 1983.

[3] Adele Goldberg: "Smalltalk-80: The Interactive Programming Environment", Addison Wesley, 1984.

[4] Glenn Krasner: "Smalltalk-80: Bits of History, Words of Advice", Addison Wesley, 1983.

[5] "Smalltalk-80:  Creating a User Interface and Graphical Applications". Unpublished.

[6] Wilf R. LaLonde and John R. Pugh: "Inside Smalltalk" (volume II), Prentice Hall, 1991.

 [7] John Maloney: "Morphic: The Self User Interface Framework",

[8] Dan Ingalls, Scott Wallace, Yu-Ying Chow, Frank Ludolph, Ken Doyle: "Fabrik - A Visual Programming Environment" in OOPSLA 1988 Proceedings, ACM SIGPLAN series.