[sf-lug] [fwd] ToonTalk going open source

Bill Kendrick nbs at sonic.net
Thu Jul 30 19:44:59 PDT 2009

If anyone feels like porting a Windows app that has recently been
re-licensed as open source. >:^)

Seen on the SchoolForge mailing list:

----- Forwarded message from Yishay Mor -----

Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2009 02:27:40 +0100
From: Yishay Mor
Subject: [school-discuss] ToonTalk going open source

   I have used ToonTalk as a programming language with 10-15 year olds, and I
   know of people who have used it in kindergartens. ToonTalk is great fun
   (once you get into the hang of it) and is also very satesfing from an
   educators perspective: literally within hours of initial encounter, kids
   with no privios programming experience can produce meanigfull code.

   ToonTalk's looks are deceptive. It gives the impression of a pre-school
   video game, but under the cover it is a concurent logical programming
   language, as powerful as any.

   Today Ken Kahn, toontalk's creator and owner, has released its code under
   a new BSD license. I think this is a wonderful opportunity for the
   community. Unfortunatly, the current code base is configured for Microsoft
   Visual Studio, and compiles to a windows execuatble. But I'm sure someone
   will change that soon enough :) While I don't think Ken intends to lead
   any porting effort, he's very approachable and always happy to help.


    Yishay Mor, Researcher, London Knowledge Lab
     +44-20-78378888 x5737

   ---------- Forwarded message ----------
   From: Ken Kahn <toontalk at googlemail.com>
   Date: 2009/7/30
   Subject: [ToonTalk] ToonTalk source code is now available
   To: ToonTalk at yahoogroups.com


   Dear ToonTalkers,

   I uploaded the ToonTalk source files to Google Code:


   While I spent some effort deleting extraneous and obsolete files there is
   probably lots left. The code itself is the result of 15 years of
   development so it varies in quality, readability, and documentation.

   If anyone wants to take the code further (e.g. maybe make a web-based
   version) I'll be glad to advise and put more work into cleaning up the
   code. If a project to make a web-based ToonTalk were to be funded I'd be
   more than happy to participate.




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