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RE: Why Images Bother People (or, at least me)
- To: "Avi Bryant" <address@hidden>, <address@hidden>
- Subject: RE: Why Images Bother People (or, at least me)
- From: "Brent Fulgham" <address@hidden>
- Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2003 13:07:35 -0700
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- Thread-index: AcMxEZ0eA2uxyDIUQk65mySiIQIatwADAEnQ
- Thread-topic: Why Images Bother People (or, at least me)
> Squeak has traditionally taken the "kitchen sink" approach, where many
> useful (and not so useful) libraries have been added to the base image
> over time. There's currently an attempt to slim this down,
> so that the core is an image of a few hundred k, and extra packages are
> loaded in as needed.
This would be a big win. A core that small would actually be faster to start than most commercial offerings (Java and C# come to mind.)
> "Quickly start up" is an interesting point. Even with large images,
> Squeak typically pops up a window and is ready to go in under
> a second. Remember that all it has to do is dump the image file
> directly into memory - there's no linking, parsing, or initialization
That's an excellent point. Although, on a heavily loaded system (e.g., a server being used by a group of people) I can imagine even this "swapping" cost would be fairly noticable.
It certainly sounds like Squeak is making some neat progress.