Thinking about redoing Morphic (Naked Objects and Morphic Wrappers ).

Alan Kay Alan.Kay at
Thu Feb 13 15:28:01 UTC 2003

Actually, Smalltalk at Xerox PARC had this in the late 70s (actually 
described in the World Book Encyclopedia's Science Year 1979) and was 
one of the very first things done with MVC (using classes as models). 
I don't know why it didn't make it into the Smalltalk-80 release (I 
was long gone by then).




At 8:24 PM -0600 2/12/03, Daniel Joyce wrote:
>On Wednesday 12 February 2003 05:52 pm, Andrew Berg wrote:
>>  It seems clear to me that any instance of a subclass of Collection
>>  should display as a list, that unary messages should display as
>>  buttons or menus, and that binary messages should show up as
>>  drag-n-drop targets, or perhaps in response to drag-n-drop events.
>>  All of these are things that are probably pretty reasonable to do
>>  with existing Morphic subclasses.
>It's funny, because Squeak had naked objects like 4 years ago. It's
>called "Morphic Wrappers" and it allows you plop down a
>interface/instance of any object in the system, and play with it. It's
>very very cool.
>Very cool system, I'd like to see morphic move in this direction.


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