[squeak-dev] image overload

karl ramberg karlramberg at gmail.com
Sat Mar 13 09:11:42 UTC 2010

The word state is kind of good. Its both a place and a condition and
is ambiguous enough to cover what we talk about.


On Fri, Mar 12, 2010 at 5:59 PM, Eliot Miranda <eliot.miranda at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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 Universe!"
> 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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