[Newbies] Re: Re: A do with ONLY index? (plus, . a style question)

Michael van der Gulik mikevdg at gulik.co.nz
Sun Feb 11 01:25:52 UTC 2007

Blake wrote:

> On Fri, 09 Feb 2007 02:54:14 -0800, Klaus D. Witzel  
> <klaus.witzel at cobss.com> wrote:
>>> Why doesn't this:
>>> ^ self basicNew initialize
>>> cause a DNU? Object doesn't have an "initialize" method.
>> Really ? :) It is inherited from ProtoObject ;-)
> Wow, don't know how I missed that.
> I guess maybe partly because the debugger doesn't go into the method  
> (because it's blank, I suppose).

Actually, the method isn't blank, it's actually "^ self", except that 
that part is added automatically and you don't see it.

See here: 

One of the optimisations in Smalltalk is that a method that's just "^ 
self" actually doesn't have any bytecodes but just a special flag in the 
method header. Glossing over a few details, the Interpreter picks this 
up and skips over it.

It's interesting to play with the right-most button on the Browser - 
click it and see the bytecodes or the "decompilation" of source.


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