[squeak-dev] History of ObjectsAsMethods?
Alejandro F. Reimondo
aleReimondo at smalltalking.net
Thu Oct 13 12:51:50 UTC 2011
As I know, the very first reference and implementation made
public for Squeak was mine, based on private developments
for other smalltalk platform and implemented in public media
as minimal changes to Squeak VM (it was under a name
The main idea was based in the fact that methods are objects
(as required by reflection features and underlying machinery),
and if we use an object of any class to implement behavior
it is legal and the responsibility to resolve the understanding
of the message (as part of the contract assumed when message
was received) if for that object...
That kind of reasoning was discused many times in
Smalltalking list (www.smalltalking.net), talks about Object
Ambiences and before, in regional meetings (in Latin America)
related with Object Technology, looong time ago (+15years)
In a decade++ we have reflected in other topics of interest
based on the concept that smalltalk change (contents)
without loosing identity; so we are still naming Smalltalk to
media that reveal us evolution, preserving it's identity
As the ideas and implementation was made public without
any copyright conditions there was people that has taken the
idea and implementation as sources for inspiration without
mention the origins.
Hope this bits of history are useful to draw one path
of the set of histories related with this "technique",
----- Original Message -----
From: "Yoshiki Ohshima" <yoshiki at vpri.org>
To: "The general-purpose Squeak developers list"
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Sent: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 7:25 PM
Subject: [squeak-dev] History of ObjectsAsMethods?
> I used ObjectsAsMethods feature for something by myself first time
> yesterday. It is used as a per-method basis dNU: override but much
> I chatted with my colleagues about the origin of its idea and
> implementation. Does this trace back to an implementation Andreas did
> 10 years ago, or is this something else came from Europe?
> -- Yoshiki
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