[squeakland] duplicates and siblings
m.slg at gmx.de
Thu Apr 14 14:12:38 EDT 2011
On Thu, 14 Apr 2011, Bert Freudenberg wrote:
> (moving to squeakland list)
> On 14.04.2011, at 16:05, Markus Schlager wrote:
>> On Thu, 14 Apr 2011, Bert Freudenberg wrote:
>>> On 14.04.2011, at 09:44, Markus Schlager wrote:
>>>> I'd suggest to rename the 'copy'-tile since it does return a new sibling but not a copy/duplicate. I think it would be useful if the label would state clearly this tile resembles a *new* sibling you can send messages to.
>>> While this would be easy to change, I think it would make sense to discuss on the users list, not only the dev list.
>>> FWIW, internally the operation is called "new clone".
>>> Personally I would only change the balloon help. Most of the time it doesn't matter if it's a duplicate or a sibling.
>> Most of all I'm missing the *new* in the tile's label. It took me quite some time to understand the tile's behavior when I encoutered it for the first time.
> To me, "copy" does imply creating a new object.
> Also, it is only ever used as argument to another tile. I find the difference to be obvious:
> Holder include Sketch
> moves the Sketch into the Holder, whereas
> Holder include Sketch copy
> does not affect the Sketch itself, but adds a copy of it. I don't see how adding "new" would clarify this, but I'm happy to be convinced otherwise :)
> - Bert -
Maybe you're right and 'new' isn't the actual issue.
In Etoys there are three words: duplicate, copy and sibling (and clone).
And there are two tiles: 'copy' and 'tell all siblings'.
I'm not a native speaker, whence I must ask: Is 'copy' more like
'duplicate' or more like 'sibling'. The balloon help of the copy tile says
'returns a copy of this object'. What you get is a sibling. Is this rather
a surprise? If not I'll probably have to change the German translation.
There, 'duplicate' and 'copy' are translated the same way. If it is a
surprise to English native speakers though, I'd suggest to rename the
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