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 until 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). Since 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 today.
In all these years, a wide variety of Smalltalk innovations came from the house of Georg Heeg. 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, concretely for Windows Ce, came from the Smalltalk smiths in middle 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 an utopia in other technologies is the reality in Smalltalk: All VisualWorks and ObjectStudio applications keep on going unaltered but in a single system.
Ever since the beginning, the customer support has been the main focus of the activities. 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 up-to-dateness and are still praised by users after many years. The newest methodology from the House of Georg Heeg is called xM. xM stands for explorative modelling. xM is implemented when project demands are vague, incomplete or inconsistent. With xM, demands will be tested, results assessed and turned into tangible specifications.