Instantiations History and History of VA Smalltalk

Instantiations and its preceding companies have contributed to the Smalltalk industry, as well as partnered with IBM to advance and advocate Smalltalk, for well over two decades.

1984. Instantiations’ co-founders and key personnel developed and marketed the world’s first commercial version of Smalltalk at Tektronix.

1988. Founded Instantiations Inc. (first incarnation) and became one of the most prominent Smalltalk product and consulting companies in the world.

1992. Instantiations was acquired by Digitalk, Inc. Key Instantiations personnel became leaders in the design, development, and marketing of Digitalk’s Visual Smalltalk Enterprise (VSE) product line.
Early to mid '90s. Digitalk was a major partner of IBM in the creation and marketing of Smalltalk technology.

1995. Digitalk was acquired by ParcPlace and ParcPlace-Digitalk was formed. ParcPlace-Digitalk, with major contributions from current Instantiations employees, developed and marketed VisualWorks Smalltalk.

1996. Co-founders of Instantiations founded ObjectShare Systems, a major Smalltalk product vendor and creator of WindowBuilder Pro, which was acquired by ParcPlace-Digitalk.

1997. Instantiations Inc. (second incarnation) was formed by the Tektronix/Instantiations/ObjectShare team. The company has offered products and services to the Smalltalk industry since its inception.

1998. Released VA Assist Pro for VisualAge Smalltalk
(the most popular add-on product ever produced for VisualAge Smalltalk).

2000. Used VisualAge Smalltalk to create VA Assist for VisualAge Java (the most popular VA Java add-on ever created and winner of IBM's Global Solutions Excellence award).

2003. Assumed support responsibilities for IBM VisualAge Smalltalk.

2005. Acquired world-wide rights to the IBM VisualAge Smalltalk product, enhanced product functionality, and now offer the Instantiations-branded VA Smalltalk product. Read the FAQ about the transition »

2007. VA Smalltalk 7.5, 7.5.1, and 7.5.2 released.

2009. VA Smalltalk 8.0 and 8.0.1 released.

2010. VA Smalltalk 8.0.2 released.

2010. Incorporated new Instantiations company to focus exclusively on Smalltalk. Learn more »

Smalltalk Products Developed or Contributed to by Instantiations Team Members

Tektronix Smalltalk
IBM Smalltalk
Convergence Smalltalk Code Management System
Subpanes/V
Smalltalk V
WidgetKit/Professional for VAST
Smalltalk Express
WidgetKit/Professional for VSE
Visual Smalltalk Enterprise
WidgetKit/BusinessGraphics for VAST
Team/V
VA Assist
Parts for Smalltalk
VA Assist Pro
VisualWorks Smalltalk
WindowBuilder Translation Toolkit
WindowBuilder Pro for VSE
WidgetKit/Controls
WindowBuilder Pro for VAST
GF/ST

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