[Newbies] new vs. initialize
tjohnson at iwu.edu
Tue Dec 9 16:26:29 UTC 2008
On Dec 8, 2008, at 8:56 PM, Greg A. Woods; Planix, Inc. wrote:
> Initially though this recommendation didn't make any sense to me
> because I didn't know how the implementation of #new in Behaviour is
> different from strict Smalltalk-80 as I understand it. I.e.
> originally in Smalltalk-80 #new did not also send #initialize, but
> now in Squeak it does.
This recent (!) change to auto-initialize puzzles me as well. So much
existing code was written with the opposite case being true, that it
seems so risky to change! To diverge from the ST-80 standard is even
more risky, I would think.
I was convinced that this change is the one-and-only reason why
BDFFontReader became broken. So what else is broken now because of
this change? I don't know. What human logic instigated the change?
I also don't know. Perhaps it makes the system more accessible or
consistent for newbies?
It was because of changes like this that I kind of threw in the hat on
Squeak for a while, after 3.8 and before 3.10. It seemed all these
weird changes that seemed illogical to me (a relative newcomer to
Smalltalk) were being made, while existing problems were not being
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