[squeak-dev] The Trunk: Compiler-eem.480.mcz

Eliot Miranda eliot.miranda at gmail.com
Thu Nov 24 19:23:52 UTC 2022

Hi Tobi,

    let me try again (https://youtu.be/Cj8n4MfhjUc)…

> On Nov 23, 2022, at 12:23 PM, Tobias Pape <Das.Linux at gmx.de> wrote:
> Yet, nil is only seldom a good domain object.

Precisely. Being disjoint from any domain it is the ideal “I am not a domain object” marker. So when one wants a variable to range over a domain and the singleton “not a member of the domain” nil is a great choice.  And that’s exactly how I use it below.

There is another excellent marker of a non-domain object, and that is a newly instantiated object. That object is known to not be any other object, since objects are unique.  So if code is searching for something (eg applying a block to every literal in the system), having the newly instantiated object that implements the search use itself as the “I’m not in the domain of all pre-existing objects” is a sensible choice.  This is the pattern InstructionStream uses when scanning for selectors.

> -t
>> On 23. Nov 2022, at 19:34, tim Rowledge <tim at rowledge.org> wrote:
>> I won't quote it all again but what Eliot wrote is important. There are good solid reasons why Smalltalk has a rigorously defined UndefinedObject. We demand rigorously defined areas of doubt and uncertainty!
>> tim

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