How does a newbie get past the feeling thay he is trying to understand an elephant whilst looking through a keyhole?

stéphane ducasse ducasse at
Sat Apr 29 13:42:53 UTC 2006

you can have a look at the videos:

If you have ideas of things that you would like to know that you do not
know yet :), please tell me I want to produce new videos.


On 29 avr. 06, at 13:55, Stephen Davies wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm trying to get familiar with Squeak.  I used Smalltalk/V way back,
> have and read and understand the Smalltalk 80 book, so it's not
> completely new to me....
> But Squeak is so much bigger.  I'm really struggling to get an overall
> sense of the beast - I can't see the wood for the trees and for me, at
> least, the environment seems to contribute to that because of the
> method-by-method interface to the code seems to make it harder to get
> the big picture.  Methods are presented in alphabetical order, without
> much clue as to how they relate.  Similarly for classes.
> Are there any pointers/suggestions?  I feel like I'm missing some tool
> I don't know about.  It's great that you can see everything, but
> understanding for me would be aided with some sort of "gradual
> revelation"; a way to replace all the details of a class or bunch of
> classes with conceptual documentation - showing in a screen or two the
> overall story of that class's purpose and place in the system.  And a
> way to dip under that to the implementation as needed.
> Any comments or suggestions for me?
> Thanks,
> Steve Davies

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