You can’t go back

One of the things I’ve always liked about computers is that doing x to y always gives you z.  That is, until I started using Cincom’s Smalltalk.  Now, doing x to y gives me z, a, b, c… but never in a predictable fashion, and I always get a new answer.  This has added a challenge to problem-solving.  Yes, I’m in contact with Support.


4 Responses to “You can’t go back”

  1. 2 Tom Koschate 2017-04-30 at 11:52

    Of the positive or the negative? That is, deterministic or non-deterministic?

  2. 4 Tom Koschate 2017-05-01 at 11:51

    Well, let’s try building Redline Smalltalk twice. Both times, the resulting jar file is the same size at least. If I try the following in a script file in Cincom, I’ll get different results:

    cd %~dp0
    copy “c:\program files (x86)\Cincom\vw8.1.1\image\ “%~dp0\”
    attrib -R “%~dp0\”
    “c:\program files (x86)\Cincom\vw8.1.1\bin\win\Visual” “%~dp0\” -pcl “$(VISUALWORKS)\store\StoreForPostgreSQL.pcl”

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