[Pharo-project] Compiler pedantic about ifNotNil: argument

Nicolas Cellier nicolas.cellier.aka.nice at gmail.com
Sun Oct 10 09:19:03 EDT 2010


Yes, this can be surprising at first.
But I think this is because you read it with a preformated Smalltalk
mind, rather than just english.
 it's just like:

   (1 to: 10) select: #even.

Nicolas

2010/10/10 Stéphane Ducasse <stephane.ducasse at inria.fr>:
> personnally I do not like this form
> What does it do?
>
>>    process ifNotNil: #terminate.
>
>
> for me it means passes the symbol #terminate as argument to the method ifNotNil:
> If it has a more magical behavior then I do not know it.
>
> Stef
>
>
>> The compiler uselessly insist on #ifNotNil: argument being a zero/one arg block.
>> Thus we cannot write this xtream sentence
>>
>>    process ifNotNil: #terminate.
>>
>> When the argument is not a block, Compiler should avoid inlining and
>> just send a normal message.
>>
>> cheers
>>
>> Nicolas
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