I think it is safe to say that most of the Squeak community is dedicated to making this Smalltalk more useful and accessible, and not devoted to making something so much better as to render Smalltalk obsolete (a fate I would dearly love to see happen).
Alan Kay wants smalltalk to go away? Well, if I'm going to use the man's language I should also have the decency to try to improve upon it and replace it.
So that was the start of a tiny little snow ball. And the snow ball grew. And now I find myself keeping notebooks full of ideas for creating a new programming language.
And that is my obsession. I've got it in my head that I could create a new language. And that this is somehow a good use of my time. So I'm constantly comparing and contrasting the various features that different languages have. Looking for a good idea to steal or a wart to avoid. I've been shopping around for language parsers and VMs to use.
And you know what? It's fun as hell. I actually don't have any illusions that I'm going to set the world on fire or that anyone but me will ever use my language. Or, let's be serious, that there is much likelihood that I will get past the vaporware stage. But I really feel like I'm seeing the landscape of languages with new eyes. Sort of like when you take a class on drawing and your brain starts learning how to do the "switch". And you can almost magically just draw things. I feel like my eyes are really seeing languages and language features for the first time.
So what is my language like? Not much. I've actually been avoiding trying to commit to any specific syntax. Which is probably going to make it lisp like if I'm not careful. (Not that there's anything wrong with that). When I start committing to various features it's been coming out something like a pythonized haskell (or a haskellized python) with strong nods to smalltalk minimalism. In a word its sort of an incoherent jumble. But I keep circling around and trying new things.
And like I said it's really fun. And I'm learning a lot. (And I've become addicted to starting sentences with "and").
I wonder if this is a common or rare affliction. I've never met anyone who said that they were trying to create their own language. Perhaps others are too smart to go down that road in the first place or too ashamed to admit they did and failed.
In any case, be prepared for the next big thing. Any decade now....