[squeak-dev] image overload

Terry Raymond squeak-craft at cox.net
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
be overloaded.

Terry Raymond
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Eliot Miranda
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Subject: [squeak-dev] image overload
Hi All,
    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
"And the wheel," said the Captain, "What about this wheel thingy? It sounds a terribly interesting project."
"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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