[Newbies] Best way to implement two-dimensional array

Bert Freudenberg bert at freudenbergs.de
Tue Sep 4 20:49:07 UTC 2007

Seems you've made the first step to truly understanding Smalltalk :)

Also you must realize that the browser is just a view into that live  
system of objects we call classes and is simply modifying those live  
objects. You could do that in an inspector as well, but the class  
browser is more specialized so it is easier to use for that purpose.

Welcome to Real Objects.

- Bert -

On Sep 4, 2007, at 12:19 , John Almberg wrote:

> Whoa... that worked, but the implications are a bit hard to digest...
> So MyClass is an object in my Smalltalk image, and it can have  
> variables that I can set interactively, and the values contained  
> therein are now part of the class...
> I keep reading that classes are objects, but this is the first time  
> I've seen something that makes me realize that they are  
> fundamentally different than objects in other languages. I guess  
> because they are 'live', in some sense, in the Smalltalk  
> environment. That is, not just source code, but an instantiated  
> object.
> Talk about paradigm whiplash... I'm going to have to think about  
> this, a bit :-)
> Thanks!
> -- John
>> Type "MyClass", select it, press Cmd-i (or Alt-i). You get an  
>> inspector on a class - which of course is the instance of another  
>> class, as everything is an object (and hence an instance of a  
>> class) in Smalltalk. Anyway, you should see a reference to the  
>> superclass, a dictionary of all the methods, the list of instance  
>> variables and subclasses etc. Class variables are simply held in a  
>> Dictionary in the "classPool" instance variable of that class. So  
>> by inspecting that and drilling down into your class var you can  
>> modify it.
>> A simpler way to get at the contents of your class var is just  
>> selecting its name in a browser showing any method of your class,  
>> and press Cmd-i there. That works because in the browser, code is  
>> evaluated in the context of the selected class.
>> - Bert -

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