[Pharo-project] ClassBoxes... bitrotted, or usable?

Jan Vrany jan.vrany at fit.cvut.cz
Mon Jun 4 02:34:18 EDT 2012


- having a class Selector that get evaluated into a symbol. You can then 
achieved selector namespaces, which does not incur a cost at execution.

I do not understand the idea. Could you give an example?

Cheers, Jan

> Cheers,
> Alexandre
> On Jun 1, 2012, at 10:55 AM, Frank Shearar wrote:
>> I mused with a colleague about how I'd like to see "lexically scoped
>> monkey patching", and he pointed me to some guys that want to add that
>> to Ruby (http://timelessrepo.com/refinements-in-ruby). Note the
>> inspiration for their work: ClassBoxes!
>> (http://scg.unibe.ch/research/classboxes)
>> I remember reading the paper years ago, and started working through it
>> again now. Something that's not clear to me is this: does ClassBoxes
>> require VM-side changes? (Because it changes the method lookup, after
>> all, searching packages for methods before working up the inheritance
>> tree.) If so, how invasive are they? If not, do we have a ball-park
>> estimate of how much work it would be to update ClassBoxes to a more
>> recent Squeak/Pharo?
>> I'm more than happy to do the dogwork. I'd just like to know whether
>> I'm signing up for months of work or not.
>> Thanks!
>> frank

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