A Lisper asks, "Am I supposed to like Smalltalk?"

Zulq Alam zulq at orange.net
Wed May 17 07:51:12 UTC 2006

> I have found that the presentation/treatment of methods as separate units of
> work has more benefit than cost.
As someone who really misses the flexibility of a flat file *and* IDE 
navigation could you explain the benefits to me?

Things I can't easily do now are:

    - Look at more than one method at the same.
    - Edit more than one method at the same time.
    - Show how code is related by spatial relation to other code.
    - Move around a class in a fuzzy way, e.g. Page Up/Down, Ctrl+End in 
    - Look at class declaration stuff easily (is there or could there be 
a key for this?). I'd just use Ctrl+Home in Windows to get to the top of 
a Java file.
    - Jump around the class method by method Ctrl+Shift+Down/Up in 
Eclipse - Squeak might be able to do this?
    - Print out a class (though I haven't even tried this in Squeak)

The first two are really important to me, I didn't realize how much I 
did this until I switched. Some kind of popup code viewer could work 
here, on top but without focus still in the browser code area. My 
monitor is way too small (19") to fit all the browsers I need.

With regard to showing how code is related, has anyone looked into 
multiple categories for methods? Less about saying what a method does 
but more about what methods it's related to (so maybe not a category at 

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