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

Stephen Davies stephen.l.davies at
Tue May 2 18:32:31 UTC 2006

On 02/05/06, Chris Muller <chris at> wrote:
> When you browse Squeak code, one of the browsers you will invariably use VERY frequently is a Methods browser.  This browser appears whenever you browse "senders" or "implementors" of a method, or references to a class or variable, among other things.  It is a two-paned browser, methods list in the upper-pane, code in the lower-pane.
>  So just keep exploring code normally, the next time you use senders or implementors (something any Smalltalker does about 1000 times per day) you will see the Tracing Messages Browser.
>  These browsers look the same initially, but by having the "traceMessages" preference set, they take on enhanced behavior as you "trace" method calls.  The SqueakMap entry describes it well:

Ah - got it.  Thanks for the explanation.


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