[self-interest] Smalltalk basics first?

Duke Normandin dukeofperl at ml1.net
Wed Feb 16 15:41:12 UTC 2011

On Wed, 16 Feb 2011, 黃耀賢 (Yau-Hsien Huang) wrote:

> I borrowed a book named `` Smalltalk-80: The Language And Its
> Implementation'' and read two chapters. Until doing it, I'd never
> understand how it works by viewing some code snippets in Self
> manuals. You need know what is messages, classes/ objects, or
> blocks. (In my opinion, a block means ``program in need''.)

That is _exactly_ what I was thinking about, when I was reading the
Self code. I had started reading the Smalltalk book that I quoted in
my original message, but gave up on GNU Smalltalk because I couldn't
get it to work on the MAC OS X box I was using at the time.

I think that I should st least know how message passing works, and a
few other basics - which I think are inherited from Smalltalk. Classes
and Objects - I'm not sure! These concepts may detract from learning

> Off-topic: I think Self is badly named, that it's hard to find
> relative information in Google search service.

That is _so_ true! I wonder how many "Self language" Web searches were
abandoned over the years because of the resulting frustration of not
being able to find very much? Not good for posterity!


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