Getting Started with Squeak
jimm at io.com
Wed Sep 30 13:40:06 UTC 1998
That makes sense. In fact, I suspected the answer had to do with late
binding. That's why Nextstep and Objective-C was IMHO the best development
environment. (Smalltalk, at least Squeak, UI development is still a bit
rough but I can see the potential for the same ease-of-development).
> From: Mark Guzdial <guzdial at cc.gatech.edu>
> Dan Olsen talks about this in his new book on "Developing User Interfaces"
> (Morgan-Kaufman, 1998). I don't think I grok all the subtleties, but I'll
> try to relate the story. The self-reflective and late-binding nature of
> Smalltalk allows you to create views that are more de-coupled from their
> models. For example, when a textbox sends #getText to its model, it
> doesn't care what the model is, as long as it can respond to getText -- you
> can even swap the model at run-time, and as long as the message is
> answerable, it all works. Olsen contrasts this with C/C++ where the
> compiler requires the model and view to be linked together at compile time,
> the types have to match, etc. Java can do this de-coupled model-view, too,
> but it had to invent (overly-complex, IMHO) inner classes to make it work.
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