Those of us around back in the BeOS era will remember a language named Squirrel. It was a LOGO dialect, quite easy to learn and able to create BeOS GUI apps. Squirrel still runs, more or less, on Haiku, but not well enough for production purposes. You actually have to set your system clock back 20 years to make it run
The good news is that I have made contact with the original author, Jean-Louis Villecroze. He still has the source code and would be happy to donate it to the project - exact license to be determined. That would give us an easy-to-learn programming environment for beginners. I recall there was at least one biggish program written in Squirrel at the time (BeMegaPhone?)
Now before I go and put it on HaikuArchives, there’s one issue to be discussed. Since Squirrel was around a new language also called Squirrel has come into existence (http://www.squirrel-lang.org/) and (1) we might want to port that some day (2) let’s avoid confusion. So we would want to rename this one. GroundSquirrel? Chipmunk? Marmot? As a nod to tradition and heritage I would suggest staying with the “rodent” theme. Villecroze is OK with the idea of renaming it. It would mean rewriting the manuals, I suppose.
Actually working on this would be above my pay grade, sorry. I just happened to recognize Villecroze’s name on a social network and dropped him a line. I’m happy to maintain the contact, but if @waddlesplash, @humdinger or @PulkoMandy would rather make contact with him directly, that might actually be better. you can reach him at jeanlouis (dot) villecroze (at) gmail (dot) com
OK guys, what do you think?