[Newbies] Private metods as my*?

David Mitchell david.mitchell at gmail.com
Fri Mar 2 05:56:02 UTC 2007

And note that the pvt prefix is Squeak specific.

I tried the my prefix for a while on instance variables, but not
methods(think Kent Beck's _Smalltalk Best Practice Patterns_ had a
section on it). I prefer method categories that group by intended use
(published, public, private, etc.)

One of the things I love about Smalltalk is the lack of access control.

Bert Freudenberg wrote:

> 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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