[squeak-dev] image overload
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Fri Mar 12 19:24:45 UTC 2010
Well, if you think out of the box a bit, think of it as a sea of objects,
something organic or "ObjectSoup".
However, what we tend to do is borrow a term that conveys how
we think about the image file. This invariably means the term will
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Subject: [squeak-dev] image overload
I'm sure Im opening an old topic but anyway, as I was riding the train to work today I saw a shop called "Audio
Images" and it struck me how overloaded the term image is, and how poor a term for the contents of the image file
Smalltalk image is. What's in the image is a snapshot of... almost the entire system (minus platform-specific virtual
machine and possibly minus sources). So Smalltalk system file would be a far better term and stsys a more unique file
extension (and according to Wikipedia STS is unused too). I can imagine that changing form image would be hugely
expensive in documentation terms (docs, websites, workspaces, etc, etc). But I can at least dream of a better term.
P.S. I know, wasting one's time worrying about names. Almost as bad as worrying about colours
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"Ah," said the marketing girl, "Well, we're having a little difficulty there."
"Difficulty?" exclaimed Ford. "Difficulty? What do you mean, difficulty? It's the single simplest machine in the entire
The marketing girl soured him with a look.
"Alright, Mr. Wiseguy," she said, "if you're so clever, you tell us what colour it should be."
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