By Andrés Valloud

A developer consistently seeks larger knowing of software program engineering and layout. occasionally success intervenes and a mentor is helping to improve one's skills. notwithstanding, there are just such a lot of of those infrequent encounters, and therefore, no longer everyone seems to be afforded such possibilities. This e-book makes an attempt to take away success as a proscribing issue for one's expert development in Smalltalk by way of disseminating fabric realized over a number of years of mentoring.

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This makes debugging, maintaining and changing code unnecessarily difficult, as nesting causes mistakes to become very easy to make. A more subtle problem with and: and or: is that they are keyword messages. This means they get evaluated last, when usually the messages that need to be Note how making a decision can be thought of in terms of drawing a distinction. 30 CHAPTER 2. COMPLEX CONDITIONS evaluated last are the ifTrue:ifFalse: action determinations. Using and: and or: automatically causes a pair of parentheses.

But how do we articulate these intentions more clearly in Smalltalk now? Let’s go over the last expression. The first line roughly implies that aHasDot and bHasDot are together, as if they were in a collection. Then, a decision is made such that if all the conditions in the collection given are true, then do this. If at least one of them is true, do that. In any other case, do so and so. But clearly, the receiver of all those conditional messages is the collection of the conditions given. 3 Distinctions If the goal is to be more expressive, the first step is to create collections of simple conditions.

The implementation is both light and flexible. Above all, complex conditions can save time and effort to a point where regular Smalltalk idioms cannot. Since polymorphism has a tendency to make design time boolean expressions superfluous, complex conditions tend to be most useful when distinctions must be drawn at run time. 1 [07] Use complex conditions to rewrite the following method. 2 [21] How could you simplify boolean expressions built with nested xor: messages such as the one below? (((self conditionA xor: self conditionB) xor: self conditionC) xor: self conditionD) ifTrue: [self parityIsOdd] ifFalse: [self parityIsEven] Hint: all four conditions are needed, do not focus on the statement’s truth table.

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