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Instantiations' History

Instantiations team members throughout the years have developed or contributed to the following professional software: 
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, and GF/ST.

1984

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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.

1989

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Original Instantiations team at a trade show circa 1989. 

From left to right:
Allen Wirfs-Brock, Pat Caudill, Juanita Ewing, Alan Purdy, Mike Taylor, Bob Atkinson, Brian Wilkerson

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. Digitalk was a major partner of IBM in the creation and marketing of Smalltalk technology.

1993

Co-founders of Instantiations founded ObjectShare Systems, a major Smalltalk product vendor and creator of WindowBuilder Pro.

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

ObjectShare Systems 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

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Assumed support responsibilities for IBM VisualAge Smalltalk.

2005

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Acquired worldwide rights to the IBM VisualAge Smalltalk product, enhanced product functionality, and now offer the Instantiations-branded VA Smalltalk product.
Learn more about the transition 

2007

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VA Smalltalk 7.5, 7.5.1, and 7.5.2 released.

2009

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VA Smalltalk 8.0 and 8.0.1 released.

2010

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VA Smalltalk 8.0.2 released.

2010

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Instantiations Inc. (third incarnation) was formed after the acquisition of Instantiations' Java products by Google.
Learn more about the transition 

2011

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VA Smalltalk 8.0.3, 8.5 released.

2012

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VA Smalltalk 8.5.1, 8.5.2 released.

2013

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VA Smalltalk 8.6 released.

2014

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VA Smalltalk 8.6.1 released.

2015

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VA Smalltalk 8.6.2 released.

2016

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VA Smalltalk 8.6.3 released.

2017

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VA Smalltalk 9.0 released.

2018

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VA Smalltalk 9.1 released.

2019

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Instantiations launches IoT (Internet of Things) services and sponsors IoT organization, Riot.org

2019

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VA Smalltalk 9.2 released.

2020

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VA Smalltalk 9.2.1 released and upcoming release for VAST Platform 2021 is announced.

2020

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VA Smalltalk 9.2.2 released.

2021

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Major brand refresh for Instantiations, a new website, and VA Smalltalk now officially named VAST Platform.

2021

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VAST Platform 2021 (v10.0.0) released.

2021

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VAST Platform 2021 (v10.0.1) released.

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