[Newbies] finding assignments to variables?

Ralph Boland rpboland at gmail.com
Tue Jul 24 18:54:33 UTC 2018

> On Tuesday 24 July 2018 04:44 AM, Ralph Boland wrote:
> > In squeak you can find out all references to a variable of a class
> > by clicking on the vars button.
> >
> > Is there a way to find only the references to a variable of a class
> > that assigns a value to that variable?

> Instance variables are also objects, as are classes. When inspecting an
> object, you can right click on self or any instance variable and select
> "methods storing into this inst var".

> HTH .. Subbu

Thanks Subbu  (and others for their comments).

Based on this advice I went exploring the debugger to figure out what code
was executed when this menu selection was made.
I eventually figured out that when the method <browseVariableAssignments>
(implemented by several classes) is invoked a list of variables is presented
to the user to choose from and for the selected variable a list of methods
assigning to that variable is presented. i.e. what I wanted.

Among the senders of this method are the debugger, inspector, and browsers.
To send this method bring up the (correct) menu in, for example a browser, and
select:   'assignments... (a)'.

Going forward this knowledge will be a great help.

Might be nice if right clicking on the 'Vars' button also did this but I have
99.9 percent of what I wanted to I'm happy.


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