Past Futures of Programming: General Magic's Telescript

Telescript was a programming language developed by General Magic in the nineties that allow the first generation of mobile devices to interact with services in a network.

This sounds similar to the way smartphones work today, but the paradigm that Telescript supported called “Remote Programming” instead of Remote Procedure Calling is really different to the way we build services and mobile applications today.

For this reason and because as far as I know there’s not much knowledge about the language and the paradign online I decided to write a summary after reading all the content I could find. All resources are linked at the end of the article.

If you haven’t heard of General Magic I highly recommend you to watch the documentary, here’s the trailer:

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