[Newbies] Private metods as my*?

Bert Freudenberg bert at freudenbergs.de
Tue Feb 27 21:24:25 UTC 2007

On Feb 27, 2007, at 22:05 , Blake wrote:

> Greetings,
> 	I'm trying to fill in the gaps in my Smalltalk knowledge and so am  
> going through some of the free books (thanks, Steph!). Right now  
> I'm looking at "Smalltalk By Example" where it talks about the  
> absence of private messages. (I've run up against methods that were  
> private I've needed so much in other langauges that I'm not a big  
> fan of the concept, but that aside...)
> 	Anyway, it suggests using a my- prefix for privates and an fr- for  
> friends (or "protected", I guess).
> 	Thoughts?

I've never seen a "fr" prefix, and seldomly a "my". To emphasize  
privacy, "private" seems to be the most common prefix (just check a  
regular image).

There is also a private prefix that is even enforced by the compiler:  
"pvt". It will only allow to send this to "self". This should only be  
used in highly sensitive places, if at all.

- Bert -

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