Re-doing Morphic ( Was: Re: Traits prototype image )

tblanchard at tblanchard at
Thu Feb 6 15:43:46 UTC 2003

On Thursday, February 6, 2003, at 03:54  PM, Brent Vukmer wrote:

> Let's say a team of people ( or one really energetic person ) reworks 
> Morphic to make it simpler, easier to understand, and perhaps faster.  
> They announce "SonOfMorphic 1.0" to the list and put it on SqueakMap.  
> How many current Morphic app developers would put in the work to move 
> their app to SonOfMorphic?

Well, I would hope that backwards compatibility could be (mostly) 

>  How many Project authors would re-do their Projects using 
> SonOfMorphic?  Let's say half of the current authors/developers do so. 
>  Wouldn't that split the efforts of the Squeak community?

How many morphic projects are there?  To be honest, I get lost every 
time I dig into the thing. Its not quite clear to me how to build 
interesting compositions of morphs - and once I do how do I use my 
interesting composition as a template for making more instances?

I do nextstep development too (Cocoa they call it now) and Interface 
Builder seems kind of similar in that you assemble a bunch of objects - 
then serialize that assembly into an archive.  When the app runs, you 
can get a newly instanced copy of that assembly by saying

NSBundle loadNibNamed: nibName owner: rootObject.

I'm not clear on the equivalent technique in Morphic.  Once I make an 
assembly, where do I put it so I can find it again (I don't necessarily 
want it visible to the user)?

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