VAST (VA Smalltalk)
Enterprise-Grade Live Development Platform

Company Overview

Since 1988, Instantiations' mission has been to build modern, stable software to meet the diverse and evolutionary needs of our customers. We recognize the incredible investment that goes into creating lasting software solutions, and we strive to help our customers protect that investment.

Instantiations has a rich history of creating mission-critical software with teams of internationally-recognized pioneers in Smalltalk and Java software technology, and has been ranked among the top 100 companies influencing software development by SD Times. It was this expertise that led to partnerships and acquisitions with companies like IBM® and Google® as well as the development of our primary product line: the VAST Platform (VA Smalltalk).

Since its release in 2005, the VAST Platform has built upon the foundation provided by IBM® VisualAge® Smalltalk and has continued to grow in power and flexibility through ongoing research and development.

Now evolving beyond what the original VisualAge developers could have foreseen, VAST includes ARM processor support and JIT-based virtual machine technology well-suited to Internet of Things (IoT) and edge computing applications.

Today, Instantiations continues to improve and support the VAST Platform while expanding services into new areas.

Online Migration guide
View the VAST Migration Guide PDF


  • VAST (VA Smalltalk) 9.2.1 Release
    Get faster 64-bit virtual machine performance, enhancements to HiDPI support in Windows®, and more!
    Download VAST 9.2.1! View the Data Sheet and the Migration Guide PDF.
  • RIot Developer Day
    Morrisville, North Carolina
    2020, TBD

    [Event postponed. We'll provide an update when available.]

    Join Instantiations and other members of the IoT community as they present demos and workshops during this free event. Register here.

  • Smalltalks 2019 Recap
    November 13 - 15, 2019
    Workshops November 11 - 12
    Universidad Nacional del Comahue
    Neuquén, Argentina.

    If you couldn't attend, catch up on the VA Smalltalk news.
  • ESUG 2019 Recap
    August 26 - 30, 2019
    Camp Smalltalk August 24 - 25
    Cologne, Germany

    If you couldn't attend, catch up on the VA Smalltalk news.


SD Times Award   Business Journal Award
SD Times
Top Innovator
for 3 years
  Business Journal
Fastest Growing
Private 100


RIoT Demo Night
RIoT Developer Day
2020, TBD
Wake Technical Community College
RTP Campus
Morrisville, NC, US