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8: Basic Classes

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    Most of the magic of Smalltalk is not in the language but in the class libraries. To program effectively with Smalltalk, you need to learn how the class libraries support the language and environment. The class libraries are entirely written in Smalltalk and can easily be extended since a package may add new functionality to a class even if it does not define this class.

    Our goal here is not to present in tedious detail the whole of the Squeak class library, but rather to point out the key classes and methods that you will need to use or override to program effectively. In this chapter we cover the basic classes that you will need for nearly every application: Object, Number and its subclasses, Character, String, Symbol and Boolean.

    This page titled 8: Basic Classes is shared under a CC BY-SA 3.0 license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Andrew P. Black, Stéphane Ducasse, Oscar Nierstrasz, Damien Pollet via source content that was edited to the style and standards of the LibreTexts platform; a detailed edit history is available upon request.