[self-interest] Does Self have become:

Brian Rice water at tunes.org
Tue Jun 22 05:43:13 UTC 2004

However, that solution masks the fact that the _AddSlots: call may 
require the automatic memory allocator to re-allocate the object and 
perform pointer forwarding (through tables, or whatever).

At least in Squeak, the implementation I'm most familiar with, 
become:/becomeForward: are just re-using that machinery; perhaps 
wrongly, since calls to those force GC's, but that seems to be a Squeak 
quirk rather than a general logical condition. I don't mind exposing 
that functionality, being an open-implementation proponent, at least at 
a meta-level.

In any case, this kind of idiom is certainly needed, it's just a 
question of whether to expose VM functionality or re-create it via 
combining other primitives in a library method.

On Jun 21, 2004, at 5:55 PM, Jecel Assumpcao Jr wrote:

> On Monday 21 June 2004 21:31, Michael Latta wrote:
>> The subject says it all.  Does Self have the equivalent of "become:"?
> No, but it doesn't really need it. Note that there are two different
> flavors of #become: in the Smalltalk world - the swapping version and
> the forwarding version (if that is the right term).
> The equivalent of the non-swapping version can easily (but not
> efficiently) done as
>      a _RemoveAllSlots.
>      a _AddSlots: b.
> The swapping version is just a little more complicated.

Brian T. Rice
LOGOS Research and Development

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