Catch & Throw

Danny Jared Epstein dje at
Wed Dec 12 23:59:40 UTC 1990

As Craig Chambers mentioned, SELF has exit and exitValue to provide "catch & throw" capability.  Parc Place Smalltalk versions 2.5 and later provide exception handling capabilities.  This is a superset of catch & throw (essentially named catch and throw).

One problem I had with SELF's exit and exitValue was that it doesn't seem to work when an _Eval is on the stack.  I was trying to implement an evaluator (which I will be sending to self-interest as soon as I've prettied it up a bit) which reads user expressions and evaluates them.  The problem is that returning from a block whose context is down the stack a ways (which is what exit and exitValue do) doesn't work when there is an _Eval on the stack.  It has no effect.  It seems that the _Eval is done on a separate stack.  This makes it difficult to handle compile errors.  The only approach I can think of is to actually parse the expression!  Run-time errors shouldn't be a problem.  The _ReturnFromSelf primitive didn't seem to work either, although the documentation mentions that the _AbortFromSelf primitive also aborts any running primitives (such as _Eval).  If anyone has a way around this problem, I would like to incorporate a solution into the evaluator.


	Danny Epstein
	dje at

More information about the Self-interest mailing list