[Newbies] Should all methods return a value?
Charles D Hixson
charleshixsn at earthlink.net
Tue May 9 05:16:29 UTC 2006
I know that in some languages this matters, and in others it doesn't.
E.g., in C if you return a value, the temporary must always be stored
when the function is called, but in other languages it can be ignored,
and in some languages if you don't intentionally return a value, the
system will automatically create a value (usually nil) to return for you.
Eiffel make a big deal about separating Commands from Queries, with very
strict rules about which kinds of routines can do what kind of things.
Presumably Squeak (and Smalltalk) is flexible here...but I haven't seen
it documented anywhere. (Also, can anyone recommend a good tutorial
that isn't graphics based? What I want to do right now is really more
text oriented.) I got the two Mark Guzdial books, but that doesn't
really cover much in any depth.
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