Bring Back the Magic

Actually, it doesn’t seem to have left. Even Cincom is asking us to create a “magic” build image. After all these years, why is this still the case? Or is it us? Am I the only one that likes to start a day of development on a fresh image, knowing for sure that there’s no cruft from previous work? It seems to be the case. There’s a tutorial, but it goes back to 2009, and invokes the dulcet tones of the late James Robertson. I liked and respected James, but I was hoping for something a little more recent.

Cincom has many of the parts, but there’s problems. In 8.1 at least, the settings import is broken. That’s right, you can export the prerequisites page all you want, but importing doesn’t work. Nor does resetting to default. I would guess that if any testing were done, it was only to ensure that things didn’t blow up. Even once you’ve figured out the settings aren’t exporting properly, though, figuring out the prerequisites is a guessing game.

What I want to do seems simple enough. I just want to start with a virgin image, load a bunch of stuff, make sure there’s no current owner, save the image and get out. Why am I spending days on this?  Surely this deserves a paragraph or two in the documentation!

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1 Response to “Bring Back the Magic”


  1. 1 Torsten Bergmann 2017-03-15 at 05:23

    In Pharo.org this is simple: just use the PharoLauncher tool and use a fresh image everyday (or hour)


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