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Monticello 2 alpha release

One of the things that surprised me at Smalltalk Solutions this year was the continuing interest in Monticello 2 from outside the Squeak world. Now that I'm not working in VisualWorks day-to-day anymore, I've been more focused on solving the problems that we have with using Monticello 1 in Squeak.

However, there is a real need for tools to make cross-dialect development easier, and versioning is an important component of that. After doing a few demos, I had volunteers to maintain VisualAge and Dolphin ports. The VisualWorks folks all seem pretty busy, but I'm sure somebody will step up when MC2 gets to production quality.

With all that momentum coming out of the conference, I cleaned up the code a bit, wrote an installer and posted the first alpha to SqueakMap. The reaction has been mostly positive, particularly given that Monticello 2 is still very raw and there's no documentation at all.

To remedy that I'll post some discussion of the architecture and features of Monticello 2 over the coming weeks.

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