Image Search (was Re: [squeak-dev] [Meta] Boolean#asBit discussion. What just happened here?)

Ronald Spengler ron.spengler at
Sun Dec 6 18:40:13 UTC 2009

What about a fast search box on the right hand side of the menubar:)
Something that kept an index for snappiness a la Spotlight on the Mac.
I think ideally you would type in arbitrary text, and if you type a
class name you'd get that as the top hit, if you type a #selector:
then you might get a list of classes that implement it, etc. But
here's an even more radical idea: What if you could just type in a few
interesting keywords and get back hits in the class comments too?

There's a lot of "stuff" in a Squeak image. We might break a little
ground if we thought about finding stuff in the image in terms of
document retrieval.

On Sun, Dec 6, 2009 at 10:15 AM, Eliot Miranda <eliot.miranda at> wrote:
> On Sat, Dec 5, 2009 at 5:33 PM, K. K. Subramaniam <subbukk at> wrote:
>> On Sunday 06 December 2009 03:11:31 am Jerome Peace wrote:
>> > Why is that so?
>> Protocol? basic vocabulary?  A method name does set an expectation and
>> people
>> build up a working vocabulary over time.  My early frustrations with
>> Squeak
>> :-( were with statements like:
>>  Morph new name
>>  SmalltalkImage explain
>>  PolygonMorph new edit
>> asBit breaks the protocol of using asInteger to map an object to a number,
>> so
>> it is not discoverable manually through Message Finder or automatically
>> using
>> Method Finder.
> +1
>> > Does anything need to be done about it?
>> > What would help reduce the confusion/ignorance?
>> Yes. Message name finder could support wildcard searches (e.g. "open",
>> "open*",
>> "*with*"). It could present results sorted by relevance (say, number of
>> senders + number of implementors) to encourage vocabulary.
>> Subbu


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