[Pharo-project] could we agree to remove caseOf: and caseOf:otherwise:

Stéphane Ducasse stephane.ducasse at inria.fr
Tue Feb 15 16:29:38 CET 2011

>>> you use caseOf: for the generation of C in Slang and VM maker.
>>> Now this means that
>>>       - it does not need to be inlined
>>>       - it could be packaged with VMMaker
>>> Are these two points correct?
>> No.

? Apparently igor is just saying the contrary. You probably say no for the second point. 
I can understand that when we want to generate switch in C this is better to have that at the AST level.
Now I do not see why this would be needed to inline it.

>> VMMaker is used in many images, not just Pharo. And #caseOf:
>> is used in packages other than VMMaker.

Do you have a list?

>> So moving it into the
>> VMMaker package would be a Bad Thing To Do.
> I agree.

> Then probably, Pharo should move it to separate 'Crap-compat' package.

Yes this is what I will do. I will keep that name and put a big warning.

> ;-P
> You don't need to remove #caseOf: implementation. I can stay.

Well yes we can always turn around. Now in my house I regularly empty my garbage can.

> Just
> remove a compiler hacks for it :)
> P.S. i patched MessageNode class>>initialize
> to test if VMMaker can work without compiler support of caseof:
> and as it was expected it works quite well.
> I recompiled VMMaker package and then generated full source code of
> everything, and then built VM. No any errors.

Good to know that.
We should rewrite all the users of caseOf: in Pharo and add a lint rule checking them 
and one day we will remove it. Because we cannot drag all these stuffs forever.


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