History - Description
Since its foundation in 1987, the company Georg Heeg eK has been dealing with Smalltalk, Smalltalk courses, Smalltalk software developments and Smalltalk from the VM up to analysis.
In 1987, Georg Heeg eK was the first Smalltalk-80 distributor in Europe. It was almost one year before the official foundation of ParcPlace Systems and so the first contract was made with the research laboratory Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). Starting 15th May 1988, this contract went to ParcPlace Systems. Parcplace Systems became ParcPlace-Digitalk in 1996, then ObjectShare, and ObjectShare sold the Smalltalk-80 technology in Semptember 1999 to Cincom Systems. By the way, Smalltalk-80 became ObjectWorks for Smalltalk and afterwards became VisualWorks and now the software is called Cincom Smalltalk. All of these name changes did not compromise the quality and Smalltalk is still the best software development system, even today.
In all these years, a wide variety of Smalltalk innovations came from Georg Heeg eK. In 1987, there was the first Smalltalk-80 version for cheap hardware, the Atari Mega ST. Various Unix ports, OS/2 and Mac OS X followed after. Even Smalltalk for mobile systems, specifically for Windows Ce, came from the Smalltalk developers in Central Europe. Many Smalltalk side products were developed, e.g. the integration in .Net. The newest development is called ObjectStudio8. Developed together with Cincom, it displays the integration between the Smalltalk sytems, VisualWorks and ObjectStudio. What seems like a utopia in other technologies is the reality in Smalltalk: all VisualWorks and ObjectStudio applications keep on going unaltered, but now in a single system.
Since the very beginning, customer support has been the main focus. Many big and small projects benefit from the support and vitalization by the Georg Heeg team. Projects begin with courses that will train the mind of the employees and proceed with a creative and solid project realization. Long-lasting projects keep their elegance and topicality and are still esteemed by users after many years. The newest methodology from Georg Heeg eK is called xM. xM stands for explorative modelling. xM is implemented when project demands are vague, incomplete or inconsistent. With xM, demands are tested, results are assessed and then turned into tangible specifications.