Name spaces in Spoon

Peter Crowther Peter at
Sat May 27 10:48:20 UTC 2006

> From: Ralph Johnson
> people don't generate
> selector names randomly.  For example, Morphic adds  #isMorph and
> #costumes to Object.  It is possible that someone else might add
> #costumes to Object, but nobody would try to define #isMorph unless
> they were trying to cause trouble.

Consider an effort to construct a simpler Morphic (or refactor it).  You
might want exactly that behaviour during development of the new Morphic,
where both the old and the new versions defined the same method on the
same class with different implementations.  You almost certainly *would*
want it in a putative future image where MVC had gone, and hence the
only toolset you could use to construct the new Morphic was running
using features of the old Morphic.

Spoon+Naiad could resolve this in either of two ways, as I undertand it.
One way would be to run the "new" Morphic in its own object memory and
remote-debug it into existence; this is independent of namespaces.  The
other would be to allow both in the same image at the same time; this is
hightly dependent on namespaces.  Craig will no doubt tel me I'm talking
through an inappropriate orifice here...

If we're planning on refactoring Squeak, we're going to come across
instances like this.  At present, one has to be very, very careful when
changing some parts of the image, as it's very easy to break something
and leave oneself without access to tools - this is the responsibility
that comes with the power of being able to change anything 'live'.  I'd
love to see a way of reducing this danger, and I'm very interested that
Craig appears to have provided us with two distinct ways - one of which
we appear to be intent on removing from consideration!

		- Peter

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