Zeetix, Discworld, and Terry Pratchett

Like every similar framework, language, or environment, Zeetix needs LOTS of names. Lots of them are names for new concepts, and lots of them are names for things that are like other things but different in significant ways.

Zeetix draws on Terry Pratchett’s “Discworld” series in the same way that Python draws in Monty Python and Ruby draws on jewels and jewelry. If you haven’t read any Terry Pratchett, if you like British humor (especially if you like “Hitchhiker’s Guide”), fantasy (sort of), and satire, then you might like Terry Pratchett. Discworld is to fantasy what Hitchhiker’s Guide is to science fiction.

In addition to the novels themselves (as far as I know, all are in print and readily available), a multitude of online resources exist to inform your exploration of Discworld. I particularly like lspace.

Some immediate names that I’ll be using in Zeetix are “Glooper”, “Clacks”, and probably “Hex”. I encourage you to see “Glooper“, “Clacks“, and probably “Hex” for context.


I (Tom) did some early Zeetix development in Smalltalk (specifically, IBM Smalltalk). One early motivator was my desire to have a tool with which to build families of websites, where each website was represented as a directed graph of objects, instead of as a file hierarchy. I called this tool, for want of a better name, “SiteBuilder”. This was before RubyOnRails existed, and was mostly because I found myself frustrated with the limitations and learning curve of contemporary versions of Dreamweaver, Zope, Django, and so on.

I’m still using the Smalltalk “SiteBuilder” (on my own development PC), and I am acutely aware of the need to import it into the Zeetix framework. When I do so, it will be called “Glooper”.

I’ll write more about Glooper as I get time.


Zeetix will need to model and wrap the semantics of the internet and web. Zeetix will use “Clacks” (and variants of this theme) to name that stuff.


Underneath Zeetix is a universal virtual system. Really universal. Zeetix will use variants of “Hex” and to name related resources and assets.


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