[Newbies] Anonymous subclasses?

Bert Freudenberg bert at freudenbergs.de
Sat Dec 18 04:02:39 UTC 2010

The usual reason for wanting that is to give a single object some special behavior. You end up with one class per object. That's why in Squeak we call them "uniclasses" and searching for selectors with "uniclass" should get you started. 

- Bert -

Am 18.12.2010 um 04:48 schrieb Casey Ransberger <casey.obrien.r at gmail.com>:

> Hello all,
> I want to make an anonymous subclass, or a copy of (either way) a subclass of Object.
> I've been googling around looking for an example of an anonymous subclass. I haven't had luck with anything I've found. It's possible that there's something I'm missing conceptually, because I've read through various examples, but they all seem to do directly with Behavior or Class. I tried various combinations of things with both of the approaches I found. Some of them hung the image, with others the #primitiveChangeClassTo: would fail. I read the comment there, and am aware that using it is reckless behavior.
> I see that Smalltalk compactClassesArray gives me a list of the compact classes. I don't seem to understand the format part. I've noticed that certain classes (e.g. Array) are declared "variable subclasses" but that's it. I googled and didn't turn up anything that seemed to help me grok it.
> Tried:
> Class format. "answers 148" Head scratch; think. ^self shrug
> Any pointers?
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