[aida] 20 Years of Aida/Web

Offray Vladimir Luna Cárdenas offray at riseup.net
Wed Sep 7 09:09:58 CEST 2016

Congratulations Janko and the rest of community for all the work behind, 
Aida is an important place in the Smalltalk ecosystem and is nice to see 
it healthy and mature (20 years!).

I'm using Pharo these days mostly for data visualization and interactive 
documentation as a desktop app, and I will be testing some web 
publishing at some point, maybe experimenting with Teapot, so having 
mature decades old standing environments and new ones is for sure a good 
sign about Smalltalk.



On 06/09/16 20:40, Janko Mivšek wrote:
> Hi everybody,
> It happens that Squeak and Aida were actually born on the same year. 
> Namely, at summer 1996 the Aida development started and late in this 
> year a first Aida project was already online: a bookstore for a major 
> Slovenian publisher.
> The next most important milestones:
> - 1998:  a Gas Billing System was developed as a pure web application
>          with Aida, heading Aida primarily into business web app domain;
> - 2000   Aida becomes Open Sourced and introduced more broadly at first
>          Camp Smalltalk in San Diego;
> - 2006:  Ajax support, just few months after Ajax was coined, Aida
>          already had a fully integrated and seamless Ajax;
> - 2007:  Squeak port, a website, mailing list, community building
> - 2009:  Aida logo and new website design
> - 2011:  Realtime with WebSockets, HTML5, mobile
> Even that it is currently quiet in the community, Aida is evolving and 
> consolidating all HTML5 and realtime achievements in 'HTML5 rush 
> years', running daily internal web portals in companies, like for 
> ISO9000 Quality Management doc systems, Gas Pipeline Measure 
> Management etc.
> It certainly proved that its architecture is sound enough to stand the 
> test of a time for past 20 years, so it certainly will for many more 
> years to come.
> Best regards
> Janko
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