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Pharo Newsletter March 2019

Google Summer of Code 2019

Pharo Consortium has been selected this year as a Google Summer of Code 2019 mentor organization. This is the first time since 2017.

I would like to thank other GSOC co-admin Jigyasa Grover and Oleksandr Zaytsev for their commitment and hard work, Peter Uhnak for his help for the website, Alexandre Bergel, Yuriy Tymchuk and Stéphane Ducasse for their interactions.

We will use the #gsoc-planning channel on Discord to discuss.

If you have students that might be interested, please let them know about this opportunity. There is #gsoc-students channel for them.

Call for Mentors

Before the students start proposing projects and submitting proposals, I would like to invite all the experienced members to be a part of this amazing experience and mentor students to work on Pharo projects over the summer. Here is a GSoC mentor guide which one should definitely read to know more about roles and responsibilities:

Please volunteer to mentor any of the existing projects (Listed here: as soon as possible or propose fresh ideas for projects which shall help improve Pharo! To add your own project idea to the list, visit

Call for Students

We are happy to announce that once again Pharo Consortium is looking for smart and enthusiastic students to work with us during Google Summer of Code 2019.

We explain the program requirements and provide a detailed description of the application process here:

If you have any additional questions, feel free to send an email to

Remember to register to Pharo days 2019

Pharo days registration is open since two weeks now, and we are starting to work on the schedule and organising the social event :)

Register now!

Pharo days is a gathering of the Pharo community to exchange, discuss and code with your online colleagues. Join us to share your experiences and help to make a better Pharo!

To register, please proceed to the Pharo Days 2019 web page:, or go directly to the association event: (Yes, the schedule is still to be defined, stay tuned).

Podcast about Moldable Development

Tudor Girba builds tools and techniques for improving the productivity and happiness of software teams. He currently works on the Glamorous Toolkit, a “moldable development environment” for Pharo, that developers can easily adopt to suit their needs. Tudor is a self-proclaimed “software environmentalist”, sounding the alarm about how quickly we create code, and how slowly we recycle it.

Full Podcast here:

New and Updated Libraries and Frameworks

  • An implementation of Google Protobuf for Smalltalk/Pharo GitHub
  • Pharo 7.0.2 GitHub
  • BA Web Stack, summer release Blog
  • Clojure-style immutable data structures for Smalltalk Link
  • PharoThings releases are now build by a CI GitHub
  • Generate the base of a Seaside application using Material Design Lite GitHub
  • A debugger for Pharo remotely controllable via JRPC protocol. GitHub

Blog posts, Lecture and Documentation

  • Why is it worth learning Smalltalk in 2019? Quora
  • Running Pharo in Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) Blog
  • Agile Artificial Intelligence Book

Consortium News

The Pharo Consortium is very happy to announce three new Academic Member Institutions:


The goal of the Pharo Consortium is to allow companies and institutions to support the ongoing development and future of Pharo.

Real-time News? 

If you want to follow Pharo in real time, we have these channels:

Job Corner

  • HRWorks is looking for Pharo Software Developers Link
  • Thesis: Transferring Visual Age Smalltalk into Pharo (HRWorks, Freiburg, Germany) Link
  • ObjectProfile  Santiago, Chile: Engineering position (with a strong research activity) in the field of artificial intelligence and software engineering. Link
  • ZWEIDENKER GmbH is looking for Pharo developers (Cologne, Germany). Contact for more information.
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