[squeak-dev] The Trunk: Morphic-mt.1770.mcz

St├ęphane Rollandin lecteur at zogotounga.net
Fri Jun 11 06:32:35 UTC 2021

> Updates representation of integers in ObjectExplorer. For a small discussion, see http://forum.world.st/The-Trunk-Morphic-mt-1769-mcz-tp5129501p5129804.html

I'm a bit late to the party, but may I suggest to make the whole integer 
representation in ObjectExplorer a preference?

Rationale: when peeking at an ObjectExplorer tree, one gets a first idea 
of the structure of an object. Having a subtree for each Integer gives 
the wrong feeling, that there is some extra structure there, while it is 
only some extra information about the same very simple object.

So there is an obfuscation inherent to having the explorer represent in 
the very same way two different categories of information: one about 
structure, and one about representation.

This goes for strings too, although in the opposite way: if you explore 
'abc', you will not get any information on $a, $b or $c from there (like 
their ASCII code, for example) - this times the explorer hides structure.

I am not sure about my suggestion for a preference, so let me restate 
the problem as I see it as follows:

Why is an ObjectExplorer telling you all these things about 3 and 
nothing at all about 'three'?


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