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I was wondering if someone can point me to some good resources in regards to learning Smalltalk. Total "newb" here :) so I'm looking for like a foundation tutorial.

I saw a few videos on Youtube, but most seem to deal with specifics. I'm looking for more of a high-level overview of the language, as I'm trying to learn the principles/best practices behind OOP. From reading here, Smalltalk seems to be a good foundation. Thanks in advance for your help!

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A generous collection of tutorials and video links can be found here.

Although Smalltalk was my first exposure to OOP, I'm not sure it's the best way to learn principles or best practices. Materials more closely related to your actual target language might be more useful. Of course, if Smalltalk is really the target language, I hope you enjoy the experience!

Link rot can be especially bad on tutorial materials written ten years ago or more, but this Introduction to Smalltalk by Ivan Tomek (2002), seems to have the high level concepts with hands-on starting instructions you ask about.

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Thank you for the link I'll check it out. My target language is Java. Problem is I seem to have a problem grasping OOP. About the only thing I understand and apply in practise is modularity. However, the other portions seem to be harder to grasp. It also seems for Java, for every aspect there are 200 different opinions/explanations for it –  user60812 Aug 5 '12 at 12:32
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@user60812: What we actually do with classes is usually modularization. Albeit the smalltalkish OOP is a nice philosophy, in practice, we have chosen the dahlean OOP instead, which is part of the structured programming discipline, not the "true" OOP. –  Aadaam Aug 5 '12 at 12:36
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Smalltalk has the "message passing" paradigm for OOP, which is not used in the Java/C++ language family. In this respect Objective-C is somewhat closer in spirit to Smalltalk. –  hardmath Aug 5 '12 at 12:55
    
@hardmath - Thanks, that's exactly what I was looking for, re: tutorial by ivan tomek. –  user60812 Aug 5 '12 at 13:06
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You can also read the Pharo By Example book (http://pharobyexample.org/) which is quite nice for beginners. More free books are available at: http://stephane.ducasse.free.fr/FreeBooks/

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