The single-language approach unifies Web development. Instead of applying two programming languages, two markup languages, and the undirectional Hypertext Transfer Protocol, developers use the same language, libraries and tools for both client-side and server-side components. No application models have to be mirrored accross languages to be available on the client and the server. Expert knowledge becomes less likely as there is less difference in the implementations of client- and server-side parts. Furthermore, the resulting homogenous code base facilitates a consistent vocabulary of idioms and patterns.
We used the Squeak (http://www.squeak.org/) implementation of the Smalltalk programming language and environment.
There are two prerequisites to load and run Orca: First, you need git (git-scm.com) to load the client-side sources of Orca. Second, you need a Squeak VM (squeakvm.org) to run the server-side sources.
To clone the client-side sources from our github repository, use:
There are two ways to continue depending on whether you want to install Orca into an exisiting image or into a new image.
The git repository includes an automatic installer script that builds a new Squeak image. It downloads the latest Squeak sources, the latest Squeak trunk image, and the Orca packages and their dependencies. The git repository contains a bash script called custom_installer.sh.default. To use it, you need to set the path to your Squeak VM.
If you want to load Orca into an exisiting Squeak image instead, you can use our Metacello configuration: ConfigurationOfOrca. You should be able to load Orca into current Squeak images as, for example, the latest All-in-One image (ftp.squeak.org).
To load it, evaluate:
Now, you should have a Squeak image with the Orca packages and dependencies. To configure your Orca installation, evaluate:
You just need to specify the path to the git repository and restart the Orca server. Afterwards, you can browse localhost:8887/test/ to ensure that Orca is running.
Other example applications that come with Orca: /index, /balls, /browser, /xxo, /chat, and /sysstats.
This Software is licensed under the MIT license (opensource.org).
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