Squeak on Linux
pvaneynds Debian & Lisp blog: Unix squeak image
Certainly the Gentoo Portage version is very out-of-date now. I for one would appreciate an update.
For a supposedly dead language (ducks behind cover), Lips is gettng a fair number of new books:
"Hackers and Painters" has some Lisp references too.
Talking of Paul Graham, an update to "On Lisp" would be great. "On Lisp" is a great example of going beyond an intro book - it really shows the power of the language by going beyond the simple cases. I'd like to see other books that go into GUI, database etc. at a more detailed level. Of course, a disadvantage of Lisp (and Smalltalk) is tha therre are many ways to skin those Cats, so a book of contributions covering the most popular alternatives would be great.
What about Smalltalk? There are some fairly recent Squeak books, but perhaps there will be more along in a while.
Joel on Software - Don't Let Architecture Astronauts Scare You: "Architecture Astronauts":
A recent example illustrates this. Your typical architecture astronaut will take a fact like "Napster is a peer-to-peer service for downloading music" and ignore everything but the architecture, thinking it's interesting because it's peer to peer, completely missing the point that it's interesting because you can type the name of a song and listen to it right away.
James Governor makes some important points on SOA and UML:James Governor's MonkChips: BEA, SOA, UML
SOA is not about bits and bytes, or XML, or some other standard du jour. There is a big picture to it, and an integrating vision part as well.
Then lets generate the XML!.
Good summary of UML vs. DSL:Why not base domain specific languages on UML?
Some of these can be fixed.
And there is a potential downside for DSL - what if I want to combine models based on different metamodels?
An interesting debate - hopefully this moves us to languages with greater expressive power than todys programming languages.