[Pharo-project] Noobs perspective on pasting example code
btc at openInWorld.com
Thu Jan 26 08:15:32 CET 2012
Just a passing thought....
It is common convention for example methods to be presented in text
using '>>' preceded by the class. This is obviously needed to define
the class/method relationship outside the image, but the whole example
cannot be pasted directly into System Browser as the '>>' is not part of
the Smalltalk syntax for defining methods.
For those new to Pharo going through tutorials, copy/pasting the whole
of the presented code eg  returns only the error "Nothing more
expected" which is a bit cryptic to noobs who expect to follow the
example verbatim. Once past understanding this, it continues (for me)
to be a minor annoyance to have to select only the text following the '>>'.
I wonder whether it would be beneficial for the compiler to handle
'>>' at the start of a method definition. The System Browser would
then jump to the created method. As well as beneficial to those
experiencing Pharo for the first time, this might be useful as a general
shortcut such that when browsing one class you can define a method for
another class without first having to browse to that class.
| t |
t := nil.
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