[Vm-dev] About the image

Andreas Raab andreas.raab at gmx.de
Thu Aug 19 03:48:51 UTC 2010

On 8/18/2010 9:59 AM, Eliot Miranda wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 8:33 AM, Andreas Raab <andreas.raab at gmx.de
> <mailto:andreas.raab at gmx.de>> wrote:
>     I'm not entirely sure about that. You do have to maintain the
>     information that after adding an ivar you'll have to save and
>     restart the image or else strange things will happen. This effect is
>     nowhere documented. With the index you could automate the process
>     (using the ClassBuilder notification) so that if Class chnages shape
>     it updates the splObj entry automatically.
> That's a fair point, but changing the shape of Behavior is an edge case
> anyway, and the VM code with the specialObjectsArray approach is ugly
>      self integerValueFor: (self splObj: ClassNameIndexIndex)
> and much more fragile (e.g. if this entry gets damaged then no
> printCallStack)
> One could just as easily document the VM behavior by changing the
> ClassBuilder to notify that when the name and thisClass inst vars change
> their index the programmer should save quit and resume, as make the
> ClassBuilder update a specialObjectsArray entry.

True. In reality, I don't care which way it's done but I agree with 
Bert's fundamental point that having hidden information about that stuff 
ain't a good idea so having such notification sounds like a very good 
idea indeed (and very easy to do).

   - Andreas

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