The next meeting of the UK Smalltalk User Group will be on Wednesday,
Marcus Denker will talk about Variables in Pharo.
We like to say that “Everything is an Object” in Smalltalk. This is true in
many cases: Classes, methods, even the execution stack are reflectively
available as objects.
This talk shows how this idea can be extended to Variables and how Pharo
implements first-class Variables for Globals, instance Variables, Class
Variables, and even temporary variables.
This presentation explores the Variable hierarchy, shows how variables
simplify the compiler and how the reflective API provided by variables is
used by the debugger.
In a hands-on tutorial, we extend the language by defining new kinds of
Marcus ( https://marcusdenker.de/ ) is a permanent researcher at INRIA
Lille - Nord Europe ( http://www.inria.fr/lille/ ). Before, he was a
postdoc at the PLEIAD lab/DCC University of Chile and the Software
Composition Group, University of Bern. His research focuses on reflection
and meta-programming for dynamic languages. Marcus Denker received a PhD in
Computer Science from the University of Bern/Switzerland in 2008 and a
Dipl.-Inform. (MSc) from the University of Karlsruhe/Germany in 2004. He
co-founded Zweidenker GmbH ( https://zweidenker.de/ ) in 2009.
Given the current COVID-19 restrictions, this will be an online meeting
If you'd like to join us, please sign up in advance on the meeting's Meetup
page ( https://www.meetup.com/UKSTUG/events/cbklbrycclbhc/ ) to receive the
meeting details. Don’t forget to bring your laptop and drinks!