Patching Smalltalk at Runtime

David Buck
david@simberon.com

It’s not always possible to re-package and re-deploy a Smalltalk application – especially when you have thousands of users distributed in many locations.  In this talk, David presents some techniques he’s used successfully for providing patches to VisualWorks and VASmalltalk applications.  These patching techniques offer a way to fix bugs by distributing small files.  Depending on the application, it may be possible to download the patches automatically and dynamically without the users even being aware that a patch was installed.