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ST 4U 105: Using the Refactoring Browser in VA Smalltalk

July 11, 2011 3:29:59.697

Today's Smalltalk 4 You looks at the refactoring browser - a tool you may know from other Smalltalk dialects, and which is also available for VA Smalltalk. If you have trouble viewing it here in the browser, you can also navigate directly to YouTube. To watch now, click on the image below:

Refactoring Browser.

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Today we'll look using another browsing choice for VA Smalltalk - the Refactoring Browser. If you are coming to VA Smalltalk from another dialect, this may be your most comfortable initial choice, as the RB in VA is very similar to the RB in VisualWorks, or the browsers in Squeak and Pharo. To get started, open up the Load Features UI:

Load Features

Scroll down to the Refactoring Browser in the list on the left, move it to the right, and hit Ok:

Load the RB

Now, to compare and contrast, we'll take a look at our CounterApp example in the standard (not Trailblazer) browser, and then flip over to the RB:

Standard Browser

Go back to the Tools menu in the launcher, and select the Refactoring Browser:

Start the RB

Now scroll through the list of applications in the left most pane, and select one - we've selected outr CounterApp example here:


What you are looking at is the more traditional four pane Smalltalk browser, but with all of the functionality that the RB brings with it. We'll explore some of that functionality in a future screencast.

Need more help? There's a screencast for other topics like this which you may want to watch. Questions? Try the "Chat with James" Google gadget over in the sidebar.

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