[Vm-dev] Proposal: get rid of primitive numbers

Tobias Pape Das.Linux at gmx.de
Sat Mar 10 12:37:28 UTC 2012

Am 2012-03-10 um 12:08 schrieb Igor Stasenko:

> I am get annoyed by these numbers..
> why, living in our amazingly powerful smalltalk world, in order to see
> what the primitive does,
> i should first lookup the selector in #initializePrimitiveTable method?
> Is it so hard for compiler to lookup the prim by its symbolic name ,
> why i forced to do that manually all the time?
> Just out of curiosity, can anyone say (without looking into image), what
> <primitive: 135> does?
> And now, same question, what
> <primitive: #primitiveMillisecondClock>
> does?
> Never ending fight: meaningful names vs meaningless numbers

And while we are at it,
Can we devise a more comprehensible variant of denoting
the core primitives than  "Essential." in the comment
of methods using them? (this one gave me shivers…)


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