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Discussion 3 - Kevin Legette

Discussion 3 - Kevin Legette
Part 1

In my early efforts to in exploring and learning the world of Squeak, I encountered difficulties learning how to use changesets. Basic exploration made it relatively easy to learn to create new changesets and file these changes out, but it was a bit less clear how to file a changeset in. In my infinite wisdom, I determined that I could easily figure out how to file in the changesets I had tinkered with, without the help of google or the class book...but after wasting valuable minutes (or maybe hours) searching blindly and running in circles, I decided to seek my answers from a man obviously wiser than myself, Mark Guzdial. Moral of the story, filing in a changeset was a much easier task than I made it out to be. Simply left-click, and open... a file list, select the desired changeset from the list in the upper-right pane of the browser, then click filein. Oh well, but my efforts did also help me to learn how to compare differences between different changesets, and even to merge different changesets, so my guess is that my efforts weren't entirely futile.

Part 2
Discussion 3 - Lee Crippen
I found this discussion useful, because I had previously been unaware of the method finder. I had grown accustomed to searching for methods strictly through the System Browser, which was easy enough. However, this method described by Lee seems to be at least a valuable alternative, if not a better method for doing such searching. Using the method finder, not only are you shown all the methods containing the word you're searching for, but the results are presented in such a way that it is a lot easier and faster to see exactly what each method does and thus ascertain its usefulness to your intents. This feature makes it a better alternative when you're blindly searching for useful methods, because the System Browser will only list the method names, requiring a deeper search to determine how the methods work.

Discussion 3 - Manini Patel
I found this discussion useful because it forced me to take a look at a feature of Squeak that I had noticed, but never looked into. The supplies menu is a great tool for using and learning about some of the basic objects that Squeak offers. As hinted to by Manini, the ability to physically create and inspect an object makes it a lot easier to understand not only how the object works, but how it can be implemented and manipulated in different applications. This is usually a lot more beneficial than simply reading through various methods.

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