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ST 4U 191: Generating Accessors in VA Smalltalk

February 8, 2012 8:33:01.414

Today's Smalltalk 4 You looks at generating accessors with the VA Smalltalk toolset. 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:


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Today we'll take a look at something you need to do all the time in Smalltalk - generate accessor methods. In VA Smalltalk, you'll want to switch to the Trailblazer browsers to do that (see this tutorial for more on that). To start with, select your class in the browser, and then pop up the context menu - pick Show>>Instance Variables:

Show Instance Variables

Next, select one of the variables, and use the context menu again:

Generate Accessors

For each one selected, you'll get prompted for the name of the argument for the setter method:


And that's it - you now have accessing methods:


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posted by James Robertson


Re: ST 4U 191: Generating Accessors in VA Smalltalk

[Bob Nemec] February 8, 2012 9:19:04.390

If you load the 'ST: Refactoring Browser' feature, you have access to all the refactoring tools in the default browser, including 'create accessors'. See the 'Instance variables' menu item from the popup menu.

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