[Q] MetaClass>>name

Stephane Ducasse ducasse at iam.unibe.ch
Sun Feb 23 08:11:45 UTC 2003

Hi Ian

I replied too fast (as usual), don't you think that having
Metaclass name returning a symbol would be possible or is there 
something in the system
that conceptually prevents that. I do not think so.


On Sunday, February 23, 2003, at 04:43 AM, Ian Piumarta wrote:

> On Sun, 23 Feb 2003, Daniel Vainsencher wrote:
>> Anyone know a good reason why Class>>name returns a symbol
> The name of a class is the Symbol on which it is keyed in the
> SystemDictionary.
>> , but MetaClass>>name returns a string?
> A Metaclass doesn't have a name.  It is known only by the expression 
> which
> generates a reference to it, viz 'MyClass class', and that's what's
> returned by any Metaclass when you ask for its name.  It makes no 
> sense to
> intern the string (to make a Symbol of it) since it isn't used as a key
> anywhere.
>> It causes me a little mess in SpaghettiTracer...
> Couldn't you convert all names to Strings (and then avoid any identity
> assumptions as appropriate)?
> Ian
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